Benson is a safe, loving, supportive small town. You don't get that in a larger community. It's a town that you can see yourself raising a family in and that's exactly what I ended up doing. I enjoy the little things this community offers like being able to walk with my son to the local bakery (which let me add has the best chocolate covered donuts and peanut squares you'll ever find), smiling at the fact that everyone that drives by are people you know, they wave and smile back, and when we finally get to the bakery there are more welcoming faces to greet us, to smile and gawk at my son, asking him how old he is and what his favorite 'goodie' is. It just warms your heart. That's the type of environment I want to raise my kid in and help raise my daycare children in.
I can bring my daycare kids everywhere on outings because of the security. The elderly people we meet everywhere we go light up when they hear my kids saying "HI! HI!". They even love when the kids call them Grandma and Grandpa. We play at local parks and visit local businesses 'just because'. It's those type of little things that you get from a small community that you just don't feel or see in larger communities.
WHAT DO YOU MOST ENJOY ABOUT LIVING IN WESTERN MN?
I enjoy the 'small' things it offers like I've mentioned before. Along with the security, safety, support, and friendships, I really enjoy that the community stands as whole. Everyone is looking out for one another. In larger communities, you can never get away from the chaos. A joy of living in a small town is that you can always venture to a larger area for a period of time, whether it's a night out or a weekend get away, and then come back to the calm.
Plus, there is actually a lot to do in a small town. Though it's not all about a large shopping mall or fancy restaurants, I have many options to fill my free time. Whether it's fishing at the river that flows through town, taking my son to the lake, getting family together to ride four-wheelers at the farm, seeing a movie at the local theater, going to eat at the local cafes that always have the best food, or going on a bike ride at sunset. We have many days at our local pool and parks...because that is the reality and joy of living in a small town. You get to do these things. Everything around you offers opportunities.