Originally Posted by RPCookin
I picture a village as a quaint little place in Europe with cosy stone houses with thatched roofs. Maybe my impression is a bit too romatic....
Here in the American West, I don't think we have villages, we aren't cool enough for that. I know that there were a couple of "towns" in Montana when I lived there which had a population of 10 or less
(Two Dot and Sand Springs). They were not much more than a post office with an attached general store to serve the surrounding ranches.
New England has a couple of those towns. Mostly up in Vt, NH and Maine. On an election day, they open their polls at midnight, everyone votes and then goes home and votes are sent to headquarters. We always get their returns first thing on the morning news.
Living in the city, I find that my scooter is a great conversation starter. As I rush along in good weather, and there are folks sitting out on their front steps, I slow down, give them a big smile and a cheery good morning. I also stop to ask questions if I see someone who is walking a dog. There is no reason to be lonely when living in the city. You just have to be willing to make the first move. I have stopped to talk to the mothers of children who attend the Charter School right around the corner from my building. I have let them know how polite their children are and how much they contribute to the community. I save all those coupons on cereal boxes for school equipment and give them to one of the mothers' at the end of the school year.
I am basically a very shy person. I do not like to ever have the spotlight on myself. But I force myself to reach out. Otherwise I would very easily become that lonely old lady just sitting there in the apartment alone for the rest of my life.