Living in a Small Town

Living in a small town is pretty cool (sometimes). Especially when I was younger. The summer was spent riding your bike around town all day everyday. You came up with stupid things to do to keep from being bored, trips to the nearest city became a big adventure, nights were spent playing flashlight tag in the neighbors yard… and the only rule was that you needed to be home by the time the streetlights turned on or else you were in BIG trouble.

Now that I’m 19 I wonder how I ever had fun in a town like this. Sure there are nights where something cool happens but not often enough. Most nights are spent sitting outside the library stealing the wifi or driving around seeing who’s in town. I don’t mind that so much though because I’m really lazy. Sometimes we go on adventures to the nearest city which is Peoria and get something to eat and walk around some stores.

Brimfield, Illinois – my hometown 

If I had to pick one word to describe Brimfield it would be old. Old, but a good kind of old. Brimfield has been around since 1835 but it was originally a town named Charleston. It’s a pretty small town (it’s actually considered a village). You can’t help but know everybody, where they live and what’s going on in their lives. Everybody who lives here is very nice… the adults at least. Kids will be kids.

Some of the buildings are old. We had a really old high school that was built in 1877 but the town decided to build a new one in 2010 – 2011. It was a historical building but it was time for it to go.

A few of the older buildings have added on to make more room. The library, firehouse and hardware store have added on. An old restaurant caught on fire and had to be rebuilt into what is now Rookies (they have amazing food 10/10 would recommend)

Last but not least: Casey’s. Casey’s is the only gas station we have in town and it is the one building that gets the most traffic. Brimfield is right off the interstate so a lot of travelers come and go. Casey’s decided they needed to expand because they were getting so many new customers and needed more space. They relocated across the street. I walk into Casey’s at least once a day for one reason or another.

At times I might think this town sucks and I hate it because I’m bored, but it really is a nice town. There’s so much history and character and love in this little town (village) of like 900 people. This town will forever be my home.

Photo: @svmueljvacobs
Photo: @svmueljvcobs
Photo: @svmueljvcobs
Photo: @svmueljvcobs
Photo: @svmueljvcobs
Photo: @svmueljvcobs


Photo: @svmueljvcobs

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  1. Hi, Abby 🙂
    Maybe I should let you on a secret and since my blog is anonymous, this is a big deal for me. I am 19 too.
    I am stuck in a place since the last 19 years, a place I do not particularly like, but well, I do love my city. It gives me feeling of belonging.
    I love the way you write, the descriptions that you give helps me imagine. You dwell on minute details, which is beautiful. You are a very good writer. I love your work! <3

  2. Hi Abby.
    It was really cool post (although the pictures give a rather warm shade). It made me a bit nostalgic as I couldn’t stop thinking about my​ days at my hometown​. Although our places are quite different but I guess this is​ what makes us all so similar- the way we feel.
    Keep up the good work, Abby!

    1. I love how small my town is. It’s easy to get from place to place. I couldn’t imagine ever living in a bit city with thousands of people everywhere. But thank you for liking the post!

  3. LOVE your photos! Also , I live in a small town (in India) too but I recently shifted from a metro city! The life in small towns is beautiful and peaceful sometimes , and equally boring and slow the other times .. that’s what I feel!

    1. Since I’m an introvert and don’t like being around a lot of people I’m glad to live in a small town. I know everybody and how peaceful it is. It does get boring at times but you just have to be a little creative 😊

  4. Abby… I’m really at the other end of the spectrum and since living in a big city my whole life and really seeing how disconnected people are and how unhappy really a lot of people are, I’m thinking of moving to a smaller city. Big cities are exciting and wonderful but don’t take for granted what you have in your life because it’s beautiful as well. :). History and old buildings can exist in big cities but people just walk past and stress about their jobs. There is no time to appreciate it all. But if you go travelling, I think you will really enjoy it and then you can appreciate your small town. I support you in whatever you decide to do and wherever you decide to go :).

    1. I would love to travel to big cities and experience it. I’m just so introverted and shy that being around a lot of people gives me anxiety. I don’t like the feeling of always being surrounded by people. I do agree that cities are beautiful though. Especially at night when it’s all lit up and glowing. At the same time I love going home to country roads and starlit nights!

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