Grass wasn’t greener in other part of state

Published 10:03am Thursday, May 30, 2013

We have all heard, “the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.”
Over the holiday weekend, I traveled with my husband and son to another city in Alabama for my son’s baseball tournament. As we were making our way beyond the county line, I was at that point of being excited to go anywhere. I just wanted a break from home and perfectly fine with our destination not including sandy beaches or picturesque shore lines.
We were on our way to someplace new in Alabama that I had never visited before. A change in scenery was just what I wanted, at least until we got there.
The city is of comparable size to one or more cities in Elmore County but there was nothing there. Several hotels but very few restaurants and retail. It was depressing. Of course, they had the usual McDonald’s and a very large Walmart Supercenter, but there was nothing new, different or even a little exciting.
The only thing that really stuck out was the number of hotels and the fact that there was absolutely no natural beauty. Where was the water? No river. No lake. I couldn’t get out of there fast enough.
To each their own, of course. I’m sure the residents of that city have plenty to be proud of and love their town just as we love ours.
On a positive note, I did notice that the majority of the older homes, similar to our mill houses, had been completely renovated and were all well kept, mostly in the arts and crafts style. We drove around the neighborhood in an attempt to find one that was run down or falling apart and couldn’t find one.
On the way home I asked my husband to stick to major highways and bypasses, just so I could enjoy the less natural scenery of retail and a thriving business community.
Our highways have never looked so good. We all would like to see improvements and growth in our communities. And I have a strong appreciation for small town life. I needed a reminder that things are not only going in the right direction, but we’re doing well in the meantime.
Trust me, the grass was definitely not greener on the other side.

Shannon Elliott is general manager of the Elmore County Publications of Tallapoosa Publishers. Contact her at

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