Thursday, April 30, 2009

A Small-Town America Moment


Veggie Mom's last April 2009 contribution to the Random Complexity Writing Challenge. Total: 332 words.

You'd think that Appleton, population almost 100,000, would have some big-city ways about it.

But there's much about this Northeastern Wisconsin burg that's puts it right there in the category of Small-Town America. And that's what makes it such a neat place to live.

Aunt Julie had a "Small-Town America Moment" in the City of Appleton just the other day.

She had taken her family room blinds to be cleaned at a business recommended by a friend. A regular Mom & Pop, 9 to 5 kind of place. She'd heard the proprietor was the best in the biz.

Julie Eliz hauled the blinds out of the back of the car and up the steps. It was a little after 5 p.m. A hand-scrawled note greeted her arrival.

"Leave the blinds in the alcove, with your number attached," the note read. "Will call tomorrow with an estimate."

Julie looked around, a little unsure what to do. The "alcove" mentioned in the note looked pretty exposed. She didn't want to have to purchase new blinds if these were stolen. She says she hestitated more than a few minutes.

Well, this gal grew up in a real small town ~ Chippewa Falls, WI, population perhaps as high as 12,000, if you count the cows and the dogs and maybe the cats. She still leaves her keys in the ignition if her car is in the driveway, which this big-city gal finds pretty risky behavior.

The Chippewa Falls in her won out, though. Julie left the blinds. She received a call the next day, with the estimate.

"I'll call you when they're ready," the proprietor said. "If you can't make it 'til after 5, I'll leave them with the bill in the alcove."

Julie's not worried about paying the fellow. He trusts her to hold up her end of the bargain. Just like she trusted him when she dropped the blinds off.

That's what they do in Small-Town America. Trust is a beautiful thing, isn't it?

10 comments:

Tori_z said...

Yes, trust is a beautiful thing. :)

I wish you could do that kind of thing everywhere. You used to be able to, but not any more.

Candid Carrie said...

I miss the olden days. Most of our business locations have second and third floor apartments rented to thugs.

Perhaps we need to relocate in your zip code. Together we can plan world domination.

Deanna said...

We need to put that town in charge of our economy!

Susie said...

Chippewa Falls isn't small. Rice Lake, Spooner, Jim Falls, those are small:-) Can you tell I spent 5 years up there?

mannequin said...

Yes, it is. I so miss my small town. We even had a toll bridge that was on the honor system.
I miss my small town but I believe small towns lie in our hearts.

Marrdy said...

Great story. We live in a untrusting world. It's always nice to hear there are people in the world like this.

Z's Mom said...

Yes, trust is a beautiful and rare thing these days.....

Michelle said...

Oh I feel ya. I'd have a hard time of it -- I had the same kind of issue dropping off my expensive knives to be sharpened once where I was supposed to leave them on a table in the yard. But ummm I've heard of both Chippewa Falls and Appleton. They aren't so little, really, are they?

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