Growing up on a farm near a small town, I can’t imagine having a
better life anywhere! We were a close knit family, having to spend all
of our waking hours together, working, playing and praying together.
As I look back, the advantages far outweigh any disadvantage I
might have encountered. Imagine living in nature 24 hours a day, 7 days
The work is hard, but fulfilling, the weather can be contrary and
unpredictable, the rains come when planting and harvesting, making it
difficult to finish the work, and never show up when the crops are in
need, it can be quite frustrating!
There is no better feeling than plowing a field, planting the crops
and spending the summer caring for it, watching it grow. When the crop
is harvested, along with the monetary rewards comes satisfaction in
knowing that God and I were partners in producing food for the world to
Small town life gives one the opportunity to care for livestock,help
with their birth, watch them grow, feed and nurse them back to health
when one of them gets sick. There is never a shortage of pets, from
dogs and cats to horses, cows, and even sheep and lambs.
Living in a small rural environment gives one the sense of
community, everyone becomes part of your family, people are concerned
about each other far more than when living in a large metropolitan
area. Neighbors look out after each other, care for their property when
away, and share in the everyday needs and desires of each other.
Crime is practically nonexistent,with the neighbors so near and
involved, no stranger can go unnoticed. I remember while growing up ,
we never locked our doors! When it came time to sell the family farm
,the house key couldn’t even be found!
As a child playing in the creek, with tadpoles, fish and turtles,
one has little time to think about any lack of entertainment or
excitement. The whole neighbor hood looks after each other, kids have a
hard time getting into trouble,people know each other for miles, no
matter what they try to do, someone they know will see them. Your
parents always find out what you did , even before you get home.
I remember feeling sorry for my cousins who lived in the city, I
always felt they were missing something by not having the life I had!
I suppose the downside of living in a rural area would be the lack
of shopping,and restaurants, however with the internet, one can shop
from anywhere and have quality merchandise delivered right to your door
The lack of restaurants is far outweighed by sampling some of
grandma”s cooking on a Sunday, or attending the local church
All in all , there is no better place for a child to grow up than in a small rural area.
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Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!
He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.
For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com
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