Once upon a time, many years ago, I moved here to Smalltownland. Initially it was quite a shock. Not only did I have to acclimate to an entirely different process of daily life thought, I had to do the usual things. You know, find a new doctor, new favorite grocery store, new life routine, etc...
Though I was having mixed feelings about my new life transition, I dove into getting things in order. After all, I had a one year old son to take care of and a job to find. I needed to get it together.
So, off I went to get my prescriptions transferred at the local pharmacy. The pharmacist was incredibly friendly as he, and everyone else, knew that Secret Agent Man and I had just moved back to Smalltownland. He told me he would get everything taken care of for me and not to worry one bit!
The following day I drove into the parking lot and the pharmacist waved at me from the opposite side of said lot....in his pick up truck no less. He rolled down his window and yelled, at the top of his lungs, across the lot, which might I say was FULL of small town people.
"Hey Michelle!!!! You know those birth control pills you was lookin' for?!!!! We ain't got 'em here! I called the Kroger and you can go pick them up there!"
Total and utter mortification on my part. What about that whole confidentiality thing?!
Just in case anyone within a ten mile radius was wondering if we were planning on adding to our family anytime soon, now they knew the truth.
Small Town Lesson #1: EVERYONE knows your business, even if you don't want them to.