When I was growing up, it wasn’t entirely unusual for my parents to randomly tell us how things had changed in our town. We are a fairly settled family, with both of my parents having done their growing up in Fredericksburg or one of the surrounding counties. We mostly all still live here, including aunts, uncles and cousins on both sides. Every now and then we raise a wanderer, but it’s unusual. So when my parents say the town has grown, they know firsthand what they’re talking about.