One More Chapter
A twenty two year-old's view on life, death,
and Taylor Swift conspiracy theories
and Taylor Swift conspiracy theories
Alright, it's time to set the record straight.
People have been thinking that I grew up on a farm.
This is incorrect.
I grew up next to a farm.
Anyways, all joking aside, I loved my childhood. There is no place that I would have rather grown up in than Princeton, Mass.
It's alright if you have never heard of this town before, no one has, but it's one of the most beautiful places I've ever been to - especially in the Fall.
There are a few things that are unique to Princeton that defined the way I grew up that most people cannot even fathom. So this blog post today is to try and describe the things that define Princeton and to help you picture what growing up here is really like.
for all my Princeton friends, leave a comment adding to this post if I missed anything.
Growing up in Princeton, or as any child born before Y2K, our means of entertainment were a million times better than in present day.
For one, we didn't have cable.
There isn't a large enough population.
So what did we do for fun, you may ask?
Well, we used that funny thing called "imagination". My sister and I used to play in the woods for entertainment. One time we actually spend months playing in a cardboard box...it was amazing!! Now the only things that kids know about the woods and nature is what they read in textbooks and what they see on TV.
Proximity to Neighbors
You know how in all those episodes of Gilmore Girls Lorelei and Rory walked everywhere around town and only ever used their car if they were going to Emily and Richard's house? Yup, that does actually happen in real life folks,and it happens in Princeton.
The thing with living in Princeton is that everyone's house is within an approximately a 6 mile radius to each other. My sister and her friends actually just run to each other's houses, or walk depending on how close they are. Granted, most of us are lazy and just drive to save time (plus in the winter it's just way too cold). But in the Summer, Fall and Spring you can always see people walking/jogging/biking around town.
The thing about living in such a small town is that everyone knows everyone else's business. It's great because who doesn't love gossip, but horrible when you're on the other end of it.
But, while we are all in each other's business, I am pretty sure that there is only one road in the whole town where you can see your neighbor's house from your bedroom window.
Almost everyone is surrounded by woods and has their house set back from the woods at least a quarter of a mile. Which is nice, but sometimes creepy and you feel like you are living in the perfect setting for a horror movie.
I'm glad I didn't have cable, the seven working channels were enough for me.
But I do have to say, Netflix changed our life.
Here are some of the events that take place in Princeton:
-Town-wide Yard Sale Day
-Hay Day (it's a time to show off animals, paint pumpkins, and see local art!)
-Art Show (held at the only school in town where local artists and students get to show off their art and get judged)
-Halloween Howler (held by the eighth grade, it's a time of costume and food contests, haunted hay rides and more small-town fun)
We even have a day where everyone with a historic house opens it up for people around town to tour them.
We're a big fan of those good ol' town-bonding events.
A Few Things We're Missing...
-Cell phone signal
-Any kind of chain restaurant / store...or non-chain restaurants / stores for that matter
Well, we actually have two restaurants and one pizza place that doesn't deliver along with a "market" where you can all the things you will NEVER need for way too much money.
-A stop light. Yep. That's right.
-Cable TV, As I previously mentioned.
-A High School, there is one high school for the "Wachusett" District which is made up of five different towns
Basically, my town is awesome.
Even if there are more animals than people.
Thanks for reading,
Song of the Day
I Ain't In Checotah Anymore by Carrie Underwood
About This Blog:
I started this blog as a way to challenge myself to write more over the 2014 year, but it has blossomed into so much more than that. I use it to let people in on what's happening in my life, talk about things I find important and to spread the news about amazing people, places and art.