Small Towns and Retirees
The wonderful couple who live next to our DS and his family in Chicago are moving to a small town (pop. 3500). The lady has been child care provider for our DGS since his birth seven years ago, and for DGD since her birth 18 months ago. Once her DH retired, BOTH of them have been 'honorary grandparents' to the kids. (They have only one child, and no grandchildren.) They will be sorely missed.
I got wondering if small towns might enjoy some resurgence as Boomers retire. Usually children grow up and move away from little communities, but perhaps Baby Boomers will be moving in.
I'm a little nervous about how these lifelong 'city folks' will do in a small town -- and how the probably close-knit townspeople will welcome them.
Does anyone have experience with this situation, either as the newbies in a small town, or as 'rooted residents' with new people moving in?