I grew up on the outskirts of Greenback, we were more or less considered by the locals to be in a different city to be honest. Though I did grow up on a farm, my siblings and I didn't attend Greenback high school, nor did we grace the halls of the Church downtown on Sunday. We were regulars at the Co-op, but never warmed a stool in the diner. We always joked that the Christmas parade that ran through downtown Greenback, "starts at 9:00am and ends at 9:02am". Outsiders, really.
Though I did travel the streets and was familiar with the layout, until I began working in Greenback daily, I hadn't really "discovered" what it had to offer. Since July this small town has become near and dear to my heart. I have been rolling this post around in my head for quite some time, and I thought it was about time to bring it out. Be forewarned, after reading you may find yourself staring out the window, looking for a change of pace.
Imagine, if you will, a town so small it doesn't even have a Wal-Mart. Actually, no grocery either. The closest you might get to a place like that would be the Co-op. There you will find anything you need to build a bull-proof fence, feminine gardening gloves, a sturdy pair of overalls and enough house-cleaning supplies to keep the kids busy for a while. If you're not sold yet, come on down the road into town, but beware the fastest a tractor will go will determine your arrival time.
When you reach the flashing light, and stop sign, hang a left into the middle of town. The busiest time of day is 7:30-8:00 am. School time. You want to be sure to come at this time though, or else you will miss this...
It is around this same time, once all of the kids are in school(it's k-12), that you get a whiff of the familiar smell of bacon frying up. You're in luck, just across the street sits the Greenback Diner with crispy bacon ready and fresh coffee brewing.
If you are in need of some retail therapy look no further than...
Proof of stores that have come and gone are hard to miss and sit empty, waiting for a resurgence.
Maybe one day.
For now, members of the community will gather at the Community Center for dances, craft shows, Girl Scouts and meetings. They will attend the game on Friday nights, and caravan to those away. The cows will still outnumber the people, and the weather, as it relates to the hay crop, will be the hot topic at the Co-op.
Indeed, God has blessed Greenback.