I joined a Facebook group which focused on the new town my husband and I will be moving to. I mentioned that we were moving to save my husband his commute. A random woman saw that and it turned out that she is the receptionist at my husband's job. She told my husband about speaking to me; she knew we were married because our surname is not very common. My husband was understandably startled to hear the receptionist say that she was talking to his wife on Facebook. My husband is a private person; he asked me to please delete my post and leave the group to protect our privacy. I did so out of respect for my husband. He reminded me that we will be moving to a town of 25,000 residents, instead of being in a city of 3 million like we are used to. My husband says that everyone knows each other in that town. Since I have never lived in a city with a population of less than 300,000, a town of 25,000 seems very small to me. I realize this is all relative.
Because everyone knows each other, I am realizing that I will have to guard my reputation. I will stick out like a sore thumb because I am a black woman and the vast majority of people in that town are white. It won't help that we are an interracial couple either. We have gotten stares and outright harassment in this very multicultural city, so I am a little bit nervous about how tolerant the people in the small town will be. I used to having my anonymity because I have lived in this city for ten years.
If you live in a small town, do you enjoy it? Do you find that news travels quickly as soon as you share anything with anyone?