Get a backpack big enough to hold all your secrets and some of your opinions. Small town livin' can come with a whole plethora of chit-chat. "Did you hear about Betty's daughter and the neighbor boy?" or "Clide had hip surgery last week, he's only 62." or "Mary Ann and Wanda are at it again, the only thing they do in this town is raise hell."
With this genuine hair-on-hide backpack over your shoulder all you'll have to say is, "Honey, hush." or "Bless your heart." and store those tidbits of knowledge in your backpack and head straight for the ice cream shop. Choose your chit-chat carefully and if you mind your own biscuits and life will be gravy.