Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

April 4, 2014

Gotta love a small town

By Deanna Kirk
Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana — There's so many things to love about living in a small town.

Why just last week I got to hang out with my ex-husband, his folks, his wife and baby at the Youth Expo. It was great seeing them all. That little one is simply delightful.

Then just a day later, I got to see my other ex-husband and his wife at the hospital, when one of our daughters got sick and landed there. And about the time they left, my husband's ex-wife and daughter showed up to check on her, so we got to hang out with them, too.

I told my baby girl we are so very blessed to have such a big, tight-knit family. You find out just how loved you are when you have to keep apologizing to the nurses for having such a steady stream of visitors … Even Zayne's “Bacca” and Mimi were there.

Even though we didn't make it out for the steer show this year with all the grandkids, it's fun to see everyone at the Navarro County Youth Expo. You always have to watch yourself with gossip though, because you just never know who is related to whom in this county. Just because old so-and-so lives in Frost, doesn't mean they don't have cousins or brothers or whatever over in Mildred.

And how amazing is it that enough folks will turn out to the Youth Expo auction that over half a million dollars is spent for the youth of Navarro County? You don't hear about stuff like that in the big cities!

Mr. Kirk and I went to an event in Kerens March 30, and I have to say I'm impressed by the way that little town turns out to support. A group got together and organized a Veterans Memorial committee, and that committee is getting things done.

The groundbreaking for said memorial took place that day, and the large crowd of veterans from what looked like all the wars made your heart swell.

Kerens can really pack that KESA building downtown, whether it's a reception to honor a fine woman in the community who serves faithfully, or to host all the attendees of a veterans memorial groundbreaking. There will be a Fish Fry there on May 24 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to raise funds for that memorial. Come out and see how a close-knit small town really acts.

Another cool story about small town living is the City of Richland. They managed to pay off all their debt early, at a substantial savings to the residents.

So, what's the city going to do about this?

They're having a party — and the whole town is invited!

I think that's absolutely awesome. First, that a town could be so fiscally responsible that they actually get OUT of debt, and second, that they'd be willing to celebrate with the residents of the town.

I guess Derrick Days is our community “party.”

I've attended a couple of Derrick Days meetings recently, and it sounds like it's going to be bigger than ever. The April Explore has a schedule in the middle section, so grab a copy of that and get ready.

You just gotta love small-town living.

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Deanna Kirk is a Daily Sun staff writer and editor of Explore magazine. Want to “Sound Off” on this column? Email soundoff@corsicanadailysun.com