Change can sometimes be difficult for small town people to accept.
I live in a growing small town. Three new housing developments have popped up in the past 10 years, and there have been rumours flying around about potential new condos. The word condominiums really seems to scare people around town, but I could write an entire post about condo fear, so I’ll leave it alone for now.
These new developments, with typical developer names like River Ridge and Prairie View, are a popular discussion topics around town. Some people don’t mind them, but some people fear we’re going to lose our small town-ness with all these new houses coming up.
It’s funny—the things people do when they don’t like change. Some of my friends have resorted to using the name “Ridgers” for people who live in River Ridge—as in, “Oh, he must be a Ridger.”
After a while though, people get used to the change. Those who refer to Ridgers as Ridgers become friends with the Ridgers. But the nickname still sticks. If you can’t tell already, I use the term Ridger, too. I may have a mild case of the small town fear of change, but I don’t have it as bad as some people do.
A few years ago, the municipality changed a single stop sign to a three-way stop at the intersection of Lagace Drive and Schaubroeck Road. Many people thought the new three-way stop was completely unnecessary, and you wouldn’t believe the outrage. It was hilarious. Taking an extra three seconds to come to a stop on a residential street where everyone drives at a speed just above dead stop—what an outrage!
The three-way stop stayed, and I bet no one remembers that it once wasn’t there. We’re all too busy getting fired up about the latest change!