The town where I lived my first 20 years had around 4200 residents. Almost 30 years later the population is 5300 or so. Not a big increase compared to the boom experienced in many other areas. I’ve written in this journal previously concerning my experiences growing up there and the feelings I still have for the place. Thanks to a dutiful mother, who for the past several years has sent a gift subscription to the local hometown weekly newspaper, I stay up-to-date with the events, names and places I still nostalgically cling to. Each issue is usually eight to ten pages covering the mundane happenings of everyday small town life for all communities in the surrounding county. The issue arriving yesterday contained two eye-opening, shake your head in dis-belief, let out a big sigh, front page lead stories:
“Mass Murder Suspect Charged” (four drug related murders)
“Teacher Arrested On Child Porn” (elementary school teacher for 18 years)
Welcome to the real world Green Cove Springs, Florida.