Like John Cougar Mellencamp, I was born in a small town; I was raised in a small town.
That small town is Outer Podunk, in fact; I am a returnee -- one of the hometown kids who couldn't wait to leave as soon as possible, who nonetheless found her way back.
Sometimes a small town is, like Mellencamp's song says, "good enough for me." Sometimes, to the contrary, what I want to do is flee.
Here is a poetic meditation on "The Truth About Small Towns" .