YOU MISS THE CITY?
When I first moved to the country from a city of about
2 million people, some of my friends thought I was crazy,
and a common question was "How can you do
without all of this?"
I pointed out that I could always make the run back if
I really needed a night at some special event, but that
has happened very infrequently. Okay, several years ago I did have to go
the city to see Rod Stewart, and the "Highwaymen" show
with Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and
Kris Kristofferson, but that's about it. For some reason
they chose to visit a city of 2 million rather than our
local village of 2000, but I think they missed something.
In practical terms - yes - you do need to have a center
nearby where you can get 99% of everything you want and
need, but that is available in most rural areas.
Country communities make up for the lack of size with
a lot of quality, and there are so many things you can
find in the country that are just not available in the
When I look out my front window,
I see our garden, the circular driveway, and the goldfish
pond, but no other houses. My nearest neighbour is just
across the road, about a quarter of a mile away. When I
step out into our backyard to take the dog for a
walk, we have 3.5 acres, which is a smallish property
out here, but it is about the same amount of space
that would be occupied by about 25 suburban homes.
We are surrounded by nature, with birds and animals being a constant source of interest, and the cost of
our 2000+ sq. ft. home and the whole property is about
1/3 to 1/2 of what it
would take to by a bungalow in the city suburbs.
No ... I don't miss the city.