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.