Small-town living has rewards some may never understand
We had some visitors last week. A radio station from Kansas City came to Eudora to award Rachelle Ziesenis tickets to see John Mellencamp in concert. Her list of favorite things about Eudora included the gazebo and that Jasmin's serves both Mexican and Chinese food. Certainly there's some fun being poked at Eudora by the station, but it's nice to see our hometown getting some recognition for the merits of small-town living.
Because Ziesenis only listed a few things, we wanted to add our favorite things about Eudora. We love that you can call C&S Market and place a grocery order and someone from the store, usually a high school kid, will deliver it to you. We love that every day, there's a blue Firebird with a license plate abbreviating Iron Maiden, our favorite heavy metal band from our youth, outside The Main Event. This reminder of days gone by is accentuated by our infamous stoop-sitters that perch outside Eudora Relics as they solve the world's problems after getting their mail.
It's nice to not have to worry about violent crime on a daily basis. We're cautious and always concerned, but it's not at the top of our minds when we walk down the street.
We don't have a Chili's or an Applebee's, and for that, we're thankful Cutter's ribs are as good as anyone's. We'll support Gambino's or Simple Simons because they support our community, our schools and our service groups.
Finally, we love that while the town is growing, you can still go to your neighbor's house to borrow a cup of sugar, or feel comfortable inviting the new family up the street over for a barbecue.
Say what you will about all the big city offerswe're pretty happy to have all its conveniences without all its headaches.