My family and I live in a rural area.
We have lived in this area for all of our lives.
This is the type of place where everyone knows each other. If the lady on 4th Street has a baby, everyone knows before she comes home. Gossip is a daily activity for some people. Several weeks ago, I heard that an out-of-state company bought the old bank building. A day or two later, I heard some folks talking about a commercial HVAC company. When construction began on the bank building, the HVAC company put a huge sign in the parking lot. The company was going to open services on the first of the following month. The weekend before the grand opening, the HVAC company was going to have a huge block party to celebrate the new branch. Everyone in town was welcome to join in on the celebration and festivities. When the weekend finally arrived, my family and I decided to go over to the commercial HVAC building and check things out. They had clowns making balloons, a dunk tank, games for the kids, and plenty of food. They had two large smoking grills and they were cooking hot dogs, hamburgers, and chicken. They were giving out free gifts with the name of their commercial HVAC company. The kids got a kickball and a soccer ball, and my husband and I ended up with a nice refrigerator magnet that doubles as a message board. My family and I had a great time at the block party. I’m sure a lot of townsfolk will remember the company next time they have HVAC trouble.