Homeschoolers Are Like Small Towns
By Michael Leppert
[The author writes: I am pleased to offer you an article I wrote awhile back, “Homeschoolers Are Like Small Towns.” I firmly believe this statement and hope that the financial events of the last four years will aid in the revival of the sense of individuality and uniqueness that our country offers and so many of us appreciate.]
Go to any small town in America and you may see a proliferation of locally-owned businesses. “Mom and pop” restaurants, drycleaners, gas stations, stationers . . . corporate America hasn’t completely wreaked its damage on Main Street, yet. Sole proprietor businesses are just like the people who own them â€“ they have a unique, individual quality that often reflects the owner’s personality. In a sole-prop restaurant, when you sit down at a table for a meal, the person waiting on you might the boss â€“ or is doing the cooking. In some rural areas of the country, such businesses may seem quirky or eccentric, but to many of us, that is the very quality that makes such a business endearing and worthy of patronage.
On the other hand, corporate entities tend to have a slick, fabricated, designed look and feel. Plus, the “owners” are usually very far removed from you. Some corporations pride themselves on having a consistent floor plan and dÃ©cor in every single location. This often lowers costs, and seems helpful to one who travels a great deal. Think of any national wholesale department store or restaurant chain, and you know how it is: You could be dropped blindfolded in the middle of any American city, walk into a local chain location and go right to the appropriate area of the store where a particular household, automotive, clothing item or menu selection can be found.