After living in Florida for my whole life, and Tampa (the big city) for two of them, my boyfriend and I decided to move up to small town Georgia, Statesboro. He’s originally from Louisville, KY. We weren’t too sure what to expect.
Well, it may come to no surprise that it was a huge culture shock! Here are a few of the reoccurring patterns of behavior that we experienced and a few occasions I found to be quite fun.
*People are still very friendly! I’ve always thought Floridians to be somewhat friendly, we occasionally open doors and say thank you- but we don’t have anything on the people of Statesboro!
*Being a southern gentleman/bell is still very fashionable to some. By no means is it an antediluvian way of life in Statesboro.
*People are patient in Statesboro when a tractor is in front of them on a city road. I never saw anyone honk, yell, or gesture at the tractors going 5 mph. Patience is a virtue for most everyone in the city.
*Small town politics can make or break you. Seeing as we were up there to open an off-campus bookstore- a competitor to the on-campus store, we faced a lot of difficulties finding people who weren’t friends with the managers at the other store so we could pay them to do work! A lot of people knew about us (the company) before we came to town! And, when I decided to resign, people were coming in and asking me about it before I “officially” announced it!
*Hostage situations that make the national news can happen anywhere! This took place outside of our downtown apartment, I came home to find my front door with “caution” tape across it.
*A slower pace of life is contagious. In Statesboro, people don’t hussle and bussle around. Us, being from the “city” were used to always doing so, but I found the relaxed and calm way rubbing off on me and my boyfriend. I came back to Tampa and was unwittingly driving 30 mph on a major boulevard! Need less to say, people honked and gestured at me in Tampa
*I one day saw, a group of Red Hat Ladies! They were having a group lunch at a restaurant in downtown.
*People still farm. I know this sounds silly, but the only farms I had seen before were cattle farms.
*Savannah can (and will) lose its charm if you go there to escape twice a month. It saddens me to think that the last few times we were there, I didn’t even care to go into downtown- I wanted to get my groceries and go home.
So, these are a few post-Statesboro thoughts. They may seem like broad generalizations about the people of Statesboro, but I’m not sure that many there would disagree. Life there is different than in the city and that’s how they like it.
I don’t miss Statesboro, but I think it was a great experience. And now, I can say, I will always live in a big city.