Posted 08-14-2003 at 21:54:55
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I'm brand new to this.
Folks have given me the impression over the years that newcomers are not welcomed into a rural area or community, often. They seem disgusted that "city folk" are moving into "their territory." Some of this is human nature , but, what exactly defines a newcomer?
My great great grands settled areas of Vermont. Other grands and relatives, areas of CO and CONN and KS. My grandmother grew up in very rural VT. I visited her, there, every summer that I was not visting my other Grandma in Appalachia. My parents grew up in Long Island, but as soon as they were married, bought a 200 year old stone house way out on a country road in CT. I was born there.
After graduating and having two kids, my Dad thought it best for him to take a job with the U.S. gov. We moved to MD and he got us as rural a place as he could at the time. It wound up being a city later, but the house still backs to untouched woods.
I grew up with a longing and a plan to move to the country. I feel as though I am back home in this place. But all around I would be considered a newcomer. I never really -lived- in the country, but....
What's your take?