Saturday Morning Sillies

Of Course: “When the Idiot Leaves”

Village Idiot sign

Village Idiot sign (Photo credit: dolescum)

When does a village become a town? While doing a little research on this I found out that a village consists of  500 people or less and a town can turn into a city when it reaches a population of 5000.  The answer varies depending on the source~so I guess I will just have to choose my own or go to Stats Canada.

The answer I loved the most in response to “when does a village become a town” is: “when the idiot leaves”. I love that tongue in cheek answer. We have all heard of the village idiot, and many of us, no matter where we live can probably name him. For some reason the village idiot always seems to be a man. And you do not have to live in a village to have one. My town has a few—but they will remain nameless as to me idiot defined has nothing to do with intelligence, and everything to do with social skills.

I am thinking of starting a novel, or short story, or novella, or who knows, maybe even an epic historical novel of 3,546 pages about a village that is on the cusp of turning into a town. If two more people are born to the village, then it will become a town. There are all kinds of things that can come from this premise: will Mrs. Keystone have twins, thereby turning the village into a town, or will the Baxter Family of ten leave town, keeping it a village for a little while longer?

These are the sometimes strange things that go through my mind. My question to you today is: Where do you live, and have you found bliss there?

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  1. Used to live in Stansted Mountfitchet in Essex, and it was as close to bliss as it could be. I loved it. I lived about five minutes walk from the station, and had to allow 25 minutes to make the journey cos absolutely everyone knew me and my (then) wife.
    Yep, a plethora of idiots and oddities, but they were simply accepted.
    I like the idea of the story.

    • sounds like a great place to live — nice to be stopped on the street to visit a little – glad you like my idea for the story

  2. Great idea for a story! Yes, I like where I live ~ I think I have always liked the places I’ve lived! Obviously some more than others ~ I’ve found bliss everywhere I’ve been b/c I look for BLISS ~ just like You!

    • that is the way to find it, isn’t it — we cannot just sit on a rock and wait for bliss–we have to look under the rock!

  3. Strange things DO go through your mind! Funny. I have found bliss where I live, but I am sure not everyone would agree to that, including
    2/3 of my children who left “town” as soon as they possibly could. To me, living in the country is bliss. I have never had to survive in a village or a town (except for 6 weeks in 1971)
    There are idiots everywhere, though.

    • you don’t need a village to have idiots–that is for sure
      bet your kids will come back some day–at least in their memories

  4. I call Ottawa home now, and it is often said this city has the feel of a small town. Coming from a small town, I don’t quite agree, although I love it here, nothing can take the place of the real small town where I was raised.

    I like your idea of a story.

    • I love the feel of Ottawa too – so much going on there, but you can ignore it all and settle into your own enclave of friends
      glad you like my idea for a story

  5. I live in a tiny little blink and you miss it type town. When I first met my hubby, I lived in Toronto, and coming up to visit him in Dundalk was like taking a trip to Hicksville, and trust me there were a ton of village idiots here. At that time, Dundalk was known as a village, and even though the population has grown enough that it could probably be referred to as a town now, we are in one of those areas where they amalgamated the town and the outlying areas, so that we are now considered part of the Township of Southgate. Over the years, there have been a number of improvements in Dundalk and some new housing developments, so that even though there are still quite a few village idiots, I don’t quite consider it Hicksville anymore, and it has been a wonderful place to raise children. Toronto was a great place during the years I grew up there, but I sure wouldn’t want to raise kids there now. Plus we have the best of both worlds – we live in town but we are right on the edge, so we back onto field. That makes it feel like we live in the country too. So, have I found bliss where I live? Yes, I would definitely say I have.

    • I was going to put my protagonist for the story on the edge of her village/town and back onto fields–seriously that is so funny — I will have to use you as a resource
      -when I was young I thought I was going to live in TO and back in the 70’s it was the place to be–and by all rights I should have found a broadcasting job there, but no, I settled in my small hometown — and now TO is just a little too “dangerous” in areas for me
      love the sound of your now hometown
      we amalgamated too–so my little town is bigger now

      • You wanted to be a broadcaster?? That’s a coincidence too because that’s what my youngest son is considering as a career, but he’s just not sure how many jobs would be available. He has an incredibly deep, clear voice, and his sense of humour is incredible. Everyone, and I mean everyone, says he should be in radio or TV. By the way, I will be your resource any time :).

      • part of my double degree (doen’t that sound impressive) was in communication studies – I worked at a radio station locally for awhile before I started at the newspaper–I was a “stringer”– there are all kinds of opportunities in broadcasting–but you need to go to bigger markets
        thank you for being my resource – I will call on you for sure

  6. I’d love to read some fiction by you.

    And I live south of town, just outside of a village. Or, if you only need an idiot to make a village, I suppose you could say I was a village of one (with 3 spares)..

    • I love your humour–so glad I found your blog–I recommend you to my just getting into blogging friends as a good example of a successful blogger – you are always interesting and fun and at times educational

      • Thanks! That’s such a nice compliment. And I have to say that I love reading yours because you always have something interesting to say.

      • thank you Heidi–we are a mutual admiration society–I say with all sincerity

  7. I live in a town with plenty of idiots! LOL! I would have bliss here if my sister didn’t reside here. 😦 She’s the reason I’m trying to move far away. I’ll find my little piece of bliss as soon as my house sells. I know it.
    I love your idea for this story. It has all sorts of possibilities. If this is the way your mind works then you’re a lucky lady. At least yours “works!” haha!

    • Then I wish you luck in moving away – if we lived anywhere near my husband’s brother or sister, we would be getting out of town fast!

      • haha! EXACTLY!! Thanks for validating me!! I always feel guilty but then I think, we don’t choose our family. It’s luck of the draw, and I got a bad hand. Thanks, friend. 🙂

      • thank goodness my family is a keeper – we could not have taken it if both sides were bad

  8. I have found my bliss where I live. I tried moving away several times to avoid the winters, but always came back. I found I need to have a diverse population around me and I have that here. It’s a small town to me, population without the university is 7,000. On the outskirts of town we have the big eyesore of Walmart, but in town we have all kinds of independently owned little stores, even one which has Oddities in its name, and it does live up to the name. We have plenty of hiking trails, a beach, and so many interesting events thanks to the university and the personalities of the students. I can’t imagine living any where else. Now if someone would come up with a way to make winter less harsh.

    • sounds like an ideal place to live – I sometimes think winter makes us appreciate the warm weather more — I hate hot humid weather worse than cold weather though

      • Not me, while I have never been fond of the extreme humidity, I can still get around. I have never had the ability to safely walk through snow or on ice which leaves me with cabin fever.

      • that would not make winter my favourite time of the year either

  9. I’ve lived in NYC for over 30 years and I find my bliss here every day. I’ve been lucky! xoxoM

  10. West Lake can be defined as a hamlet. It has one little general store open only during the summer months, otherwise our “real” town with a population of approx 6,000 is 15 minutes away. No Walmarts, or any department stores until you travel off the island – one hour away. This is bliss.

    • many define bliss as having no Walmarts – it is not my favourite place — but the one in the next town over employs a lot of local people

  11. that’s a great idea for a story!

    sort of reminds me in a way of a cute film called ‘the englishman who went up a hill but came down a mountain’ ~ it was about measuring a hill in a small village because the residents wanted it to be declared a mountain, but it had to be a certain number of meters and wasn’t quite there. everyone was in an uproar about it. definitely worth watching, and as i recall a village idiot or two heh heh

    • that sounds entertaining and comical — replete with an idiot or two then it is my kind of film

  12. Where do I live? We left Edmonton for Panama in May 2012. We left the big city and the cold Canadian winters for a small town of less than 1500 people; although from the sign outside Central Salud (the town clinic) the population in the district is about 2400. I often wonder if the number changes each time a baby is born or someone dies or another gringo arrives or leaves.
    I never thought that I’d enjoy living in the country never mind being somewhere that I had to learn a new language and culture. No Walmart, no Superstore, no traffic, no light pollution, nothing taller than two stories. Our house backs on to a big rice field, the beach is less than a kilometer away and there is a cantina at the end of our road. Have I found my bliss? I say contentment is what I feel. If contentment equals bliss then I guess this is it.
    Love the idea for the book!

    • there seems to be a theme here – no Walmart equals bliss
      I think contentment is a form of bliss–and if you have found it I envy you–thanks for sharing your little corner of the earth

  13. I live in a village. It must be a village because the idiots still live here. Once they leave, we have plenty of people to be a town. I wonder if it will ever happen? And if it does happen, will it suddenly become too boring to live here?

  14. I live in a Seattle suburb – no bliss, but I’m learning contentment.

  15. I live actually now since we moved to a ‘city’ but only just…Hardly anyone I tell has heard of it …We enjoy it here as there are all sorts of small towns around …but to do any significant shopping we need to go 20 minutes or so driving…It’s ‘growing’ on us but I think it will be spring before we fine ‘bliss’…as we moved just before winter and haven’t been able to really explore the area….Diane

    • well, you have some fun ahead of you explorin – winter does hamper that a bit doesn’t it?

  16. Hmmm…by your population definition I live in a city…Ketchikan, AK…I think there are about 8,000 here…but it feels more tow- like than city-like. Not sure if I have found bliss…it seems somewhat elusive…some days more than others! ~ Sheila

    • I know what you mean — the definitions of town and village and city are quite different depending on where you live

  17. I guess that Hayward, Ca is my bliss. I was raised there. Went to school there, K through High School and my screen name csuh stands for California State University Hayward (even though they changed the name) for where I graduated college.

    It is funny that you say places under 5,000 are villages. The town over from Hayward (pop, 180,000) is San Lorenzo and they call themselves a village at 30,000, of course they are sandwiched between Hayward, San Leandro (80,000) and about ten minutes away is Oakland (430,000).

    • yes,every area has a different number for village, town and city –glad you have found a blissful place to live


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