When I was young I lived in a suburb of a big metro area. Our family knew most of the families in the neighborhood, and very few beyond.
Life happened, and we moved to a house near a small town. It wasn’t long before we knew almost everyone, and what they were up to. Everyone knew everyone.
Now I’m all grown up, and I’m back to living in a suburb of that big metro area. I know very few people in my neighborhood, even after living here for many years. Most people I am better acquainted with and even call friends live well outside my neighborhood.
Sometimes I wish I lived in a small town, where the people I know don’t live so far away.