Franklin, North Carolina, is blossoming in spring! This morning on my way into the office, I was greeted by numerous wild animals, three squirrels, two deer, two large flocks of turkeys in their full strutting splendor, and a host of birds, all within three miles of my home. Where is anyone more profoundly at home with nature than in our little town? But on that same journey into town I also noticed the ugly reality that so many homes and property have real estate for sale signs marking the grim reality that there is another side to this small town, one of loss.
On any given day I see many u-haul trucks packing up a once prosperous happy family as they embark on finding jobs and hope away from this small town. The beauty is here, happiness is here. Home is here. But we must move because the question is, how can one make a living and raise a family here in the state of the economy?