I was reading a neighbours post on Vox recently and they were saying that they lived in a small town. But it was funny because they called it a teeny or tiny town. And they had a population of 17,000 people. And I live in a town with that same population, and to me its a metropolis.
Until I was fifteen, I grew up in a town with a population of 2,500 people. Then we moved to a town that had a population of 5,000 people.
It was wild.
Doubled, within a day.
When I was 18, I moved to Sydney. And I loved it. I loved being able to walk around in a crowd of thousands and be unkown. I loved being able to spend my weekends walking around the city with no shoes on and having no one give me a second glance. No one saying to my mother – are you Cats mother? lol, she told me she never knew whether to say yes or no to that.
So I worked and lived there for a couple of years and then I met Daz. Then we had Kimba. And when she was 6 weeks old Daz came home one afternoon and said
hey, do you want to go and live in a small dusty country town, full of coal mines and cowboys?
And I said
sure, why not.
And here we are.
Been here for 20 years now.
And I'm back where I started. Where you can't go anywhere without anyone and everyone knowing you.
But I don't mind it really. Its a great sort of place to raise your kids. They can't do a thing without you finding out about it. Christ, didn't I find out about that this week. But its a good thing. Actually its an amazing thing. My daughter only has to think about doing something and I have Daz ringing me telling me that someone told him, that someone told her, that our kid was thinking about doing something. Then before she knows it, she's sitting there minding her own business and I storm in and say – WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! are you thinking.
So anyway I had this idea, because I'm full of ideas. I thought that every now and then I could show people, being you people, my friends and neighbbours, the headlines of our local paper. Front page and back page. So you get an idea of the big news issues affecting the town.
So here is the front page of todays paper
And I'd just like to point out that one of our mayor candidates also owns the local Video shop.
So I can't take him seriously.
BUT – the thing about country towns is that they always have a lot of brilliant sportspeople. And in fact I was just saying to Daz tonight:-
We have a lot of really sucessful sports people for a town of this size, in a wide range of sports. And I think thats true of Australia in general. For our population, we have a lot of great sports people, over a wide range of sports. And if you look into their history, you'll see that a lot of them came from country towns.
So to the back page of our paper.
Ahhh, a great win by the mighty roosters – go you good thing. They were wearing black arm bands because one of the players brothers died after a long battle with cancer. R.I.P. Tom.
But we have all sorts of champs here
And I just want to make sure no one thinks I'm making fun of my town.
Because I'm not.
Because there have been numerous times over the years when I've thought
thank god I'm a country girl