Living 'Small Town Sexy'

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By The Staff

Growing up in a small town, I always dreamed of eventually moving to a big city and living the big city life. I had it all planned out. I was going to graduate from college and become a reporter at a daily newspaper in a metropolitan city, namely Nashville. I remember even telling people when I would come home to visit during college that my plans were to move to Nashville and work for The Tennessean. I had no desires or intentions to move back to Marion County. I was bored with my hometown. There was "nothing" here for me to come back to, or so I thought.

But, the very second I left this small town to attend college I began missing the little things that make small towns so special. I missed driving the familiar country roads that I knew like the back of my hand and grew tired of driving the Western Kentucky Parkway that seemed to never end. I missed the onion rings at Henning's Restaurant and the biscuits and gravy at Country Kitchen, not to mention my mother's homemade cooking. I missed the gas station on the corner where I could sit comfortably in my car and get my tank filled and windshield washed while shooting the breeze with the friendly gas station attendant. He always had a smile on his face and ended the conversation with a simple, "Have a good one!" I missed cruising through Lebanon Trade Center, down West Main Street and through McDonald's parking lot with my girlfriends. There was just something special about driving with the windows down, the music up and the streetlights of Lebanon shining down on you. It may seem like a silly thing to do to some people, but during those nights I experienced some of the most fun and memorable moments of my life. Heck, when I moved away I even missed Lebanon's Wal-Mart. Never thought I'd say that. But I did. Things were just so comfortable and familiar in Marion County, even the local Wal-Mart. And it's that comfortable, easy-going feeling that small towns have and big cities don't. So, when it came time for me to get a job and settle down somewhere, my hometown was my very first choice. And I have never regretted it. In the words of newly published author (and my second mother, so to speak) Kim Huston, I am "Small Town Sexy!" Huston celebrated her newly published book, "Small Town Sexy," last week at her very first book signing in Bardstown. In the book, which you can read more about on page A9, she describes her love affair with small towns. It's a love affair many of us share with Huston, and writing this book was a labor of love for her. On the verge of turning 50 years old, she decided to write a "50 things to do before I turn 50" list. After months of being stuck behind a computer screen, and five pounds later (hey, she said it, not me) she can now check that item off of her to-do list. Her book is in print and it is already getting rave reviews. "Huston writes in a personal, boldly engaging style that makes you feel as though you are sitting on the front porch sipping lemonade and talking with the prettiest, most popular girl in town who happens to know all the hometown news," Paul Sanders of Business Lexington wrote in a review recently. Her book, "Small Town Sexy: The Allure of Living in Small Town America," is about the passion and the love affair that she has with her small town and small communities all over the country.  "Small towns can seduce you," Huston said. "People are moving to small towns to reinvent themselves and to retire. And of course, let's not forget those who move to small towns because nostalgia is a very powerful feeling. We are drawn to a place we remember growing up and long for good memories to become vivid in our minds once again." I began reading "Small Town Sexy" this past weekend, and I can relate to Huston's love for small towns. I bet you can, too. Oh, and in case you were wondering, Lebanon and Marion County make a few cameo appearances in the book. To find out more about the book, visit www.smalltownsexy.com on the World Wide Web and feel free to post comments about your small town.