I don’t live in the middle of nowhere – but you can see it from here!
It’s a personal choice to live way out here, where the corn grows and the white-tailed deer roam with impunity. And like many good decisions, sometimes you have to give up something valuable to get exactly what you want.
The peace and quiet of country living comes with benefits and drawbacks. On the plus side, I don’t have to worry what the neighbors think. They’re half a mile away. So we can park the truck anywhere, let the lawn grow shaggy, or stand on the deck buck naked just for giggles. Nobody complains.
The downside, of course, is that high brow entertainment is hard to come by out here. Unless I want to travel an hour or two to a major metro area to, say, visit a museum or hear a lecture by somebody famous, I’m stuck with what’s locally available.
Not that I mind country fairs and rodeos. Culture is where you find it. And even gritty culture has its charms.
But more often than not, what passes for grand entertainment is closer to home and more personal. Like the other week when the dog got in a fight with a raccoon requiring several visits to the vet. Or the time my lips swelled up from a surprise food allergy. High drama, highly localized.
Even if I wander off the farm, I’m hard pressed to find something entertaining to do. Badgering the locals with my camera seems to be the height of my amusement.
Would I give up country life for a more sophisticated locale? Nope. The tranquility out here is priceless.
Do I need a big, fat vacation off the farm? Absolute! And that is coming next…