You know what’s great?  Living in a small town.  Not only living here, but growing up here. When I was a little girl, at six years old I rode my bike (up hill both ways) to the swimming pool from Oak Street, alone… and swam from noon till 5 p.m.  My Aunt and I would play in the creek and I was known to climb trees as tall as houses.

We kept ourselves busy and it was fun.  Could we have been hurt, yes, but life is about picking ourselves up and moving on with a smile!

A few weeks ago I saw City employees flushing water hydrants.  I drove around in hopes to find a child riding a bike or playing in the park, so I could tell them of the fun they could have.  I couldn’t find a soul outside on a beautiful summer day, I almost got out and ran through the brown water myself.

Last week I noticed kids all over the place, phones in hand, but they were outside. They were riding bikes, they were at the park, they were everywhere.  And they were talking to each other!  Pokémon came to town and kids were once again taking advantage of our sidewalks.  Within a few days another craze took hold of our small town. Rocks!  The group Monroe City Rocks was created and there has been no looking back.  Rocks with faces, scenes, animals, cartoons and awesome messages can be found all over town.  I can’t help but have a smile on my face when I see children with bags full of rocks they have found ready to relocate.  Good old fashion fun for kids and adults alike.

Join the rock painting party.

(Wed. July 20 at 7 p.m. at South Park.)

Maybe you will find Pikachu!

Happy Birthday Trent!

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