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The worm is turning
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deadcarp    Posted 10-20-2003 at 19:44:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
for most of my 60-odd years, people have been fleeing the country. you can see it in abandoned farmhouses and old barns - the lost dreams of countless enthusiastic adventurers who raised their country families with varying degrees of skill and success, working the land as long and well as they could until the inevitible tragedy settled in. then they either pressed on or adapted to urban life, sometimes never to return.
when i went to school, there was a family maybe every quarter-mile in average, some parents came from carnivals and some from faraway states. nowdays there's only a place every mile or so. (well part of that is progress: when my folks married they could get along with 1 horse, 1 cow and 40 acres. they soon needed an 80, and more cows and a few chickens would be nice. then finally in the 50sm dad gave it up, wondered why he hadn't gotten a job in the mines when he started out, and before farming had played him out. but by then we kids were on our own.

i always half-expected my baby-boom buddies to come home, and some have. but at the same time i see younger couples cashing out of the city, scrambling to get a good deal on a place, getting settled and hoping for a better life. i hope a few find lasting peace and we've preserved enough to offer them some inspiration to get started. :)



Kathy    Posted 10-21-2003 at 08:41:26       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I agree, it's great to see the next generation coming home to the land. My own son had returned to the land/country with his new wife after spending time in the Big city.
One thing us old timers have to be mindful of is how we describe those new folks. I've seen on all the homesteading boards how bad the newbies or 'city slickers' are talked to. Remember, if you are just starting out, you will ask dumb questions and do dumb things that we probably did much earlier in life. I've read people say how it's the newcomers who are ruining the country life,I don't believe that is the case. To me, it's the old farmers who sell their land to developers who took it out of agriculture that is changing the landscape & flavor of the country. That's not a slam or meant to lay blame but if the land is up for sale it's not the buyers fault that it's on the market, it's the sellers choice to move on and sell.
So if we all make the effort to understand this and treat those newcomers as a welcome addition to our communities I think they can become a real asset. Yes some do 'talk down' to the old timers but hey, that doesn't mean they are all like that. To paint all new folks with the same suspicious, unwelcoming brush would not do them or us any good.
Just treat them with the same respect and acceptance as your old neighbors and someday they may be your best friend.
I've lived this country life for 51 yrs now and I've had good and bad neighbors, some good ones were the new folks and some bad ones were the old timers so I can't judge how someone will be as a neighbor just by the length of time they've lived in the country.
Off my soapbox now. LOL!!
Have a great autumn day,
Kathy


Brian-2N    Posted 10-21-2003 at 09:34:20       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My observations of the country have revealed this. Those who currently live there or those who once did and moved back. The other group are those who never lived there but now do. In this latter group are two types-refugees and carpet-baggers.
Refugees flee the city, become countryfied, and fit into their surroundings. Carpet-baggers move, hate it, and instead of moving back to the city, try to impose changes.


Mike    Posted 10-21-2003 at 07:24:29       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Interesting observation about how things have changed.

I am one of the younger people that moved out. I am 35 and grew up in the suburbs, but we always had a farm out of town, and grew up with that and FFA.

Finnished college, married, got a few dollars ahead, and found a place in the country. I also have to commute about 40 minutes to work, but that is a small price to pay for being out in the country.

As for Stormchaser, could have told you that he was from the city. He is one of the main reasons for moving out to the country. IMHO, life is too short to have to put up with attitudes like that all day. ("Of course, ONLY hayseeds would want to live in the country. You would have to be a loser to want to be out there, and you are only there because you cannot compete with the people in the city") Yeah Yeah Yeah, I am only all too familiar with attitudes like that.

However, even though I am only 35, I find myself in agreement with others here who are much older. Since finally moving out in the country, I too have never been happier and the quality of life is unmatchable.

I keep telling myself--I have to work in the city, but I don't have to live there.


KellyGa    Posted 10-21-2003 at 06:02:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
Amen to that. I tell you what, its harder now to move out to the country, because for one thing, its being eaten alive by cement. For another, land is a precious thing to have, so its expensive. I Know it would be precious to me, just to have my own little corner of the world, without progress invading my backyard. As it is now, Ian is going to have to drive an hour to work at least in order for us to have at least 5 acres. I desperately want this, and we will find our spot. Shelby wants more animals, and so do I. Shelby wants a miniature horse, I want at least 4 sheep to train Tip on, so maybe one day I can take over Deweys job at the fair. I want a Llama, for fun, and to guard the sheep. I want my own milk cow, and some chickens. Some people think I am crazy, but I don't care, its the life I want for me and mine. Got to try and raise em up right, instead of this filth in the city. My child already goes to a school in another county, a more wholesome environment you might say, and she will stay there, until one day it is ruined, which we all hope won't happen. I think people with any sense are seeing what the city life is doing to our children, and our own lives, and want to get away. I know I do. :)


bulldinkie    Posted 10-21-2003 at 05:58:43       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I was raised in the city. We built a home lived there 20+ years. We bought this farm 1700 precivil war. 40 acres.I must say this is living.I love country,animals,gardening. What really pulls at my heart is seeing a beautiful barn that if someone just spebnt a few hours working on it could save it. Instead its collapsing.Our barn is one of the oldest in our county.


bob ny    Posted 10-21-2003 at 05:51:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
i was born on a farm 70 years ago twenty miles from where i live right now. although i moved to a populated area for economical reasons idid not realy feel secure or fulfilled untill we moved to a farm and then retired to the mountain life.
i miss the farm life but am not able to do the farm work 24/7 14hrs a day as far as storm chaser is concerned he did exactly what he wamnted to do got a rise out of everyone. he probably lives and enjoys living in the country


Willy-N    Posted 10-20-2003 at 20:07:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have lived in the City about 6 months out of the last 30 plus years and still love the country. Not ready to move back to the city yet because I have not forgoten what those 6 months were like!!@ Mark H.


Storm Chaser    Posted 10-20-2003 at 22:26:56       [Reply]  [Send Email]
How long can you stand on concreate my freind? How many years is it before you finely find a wal-mart? How many times do you actually get to wash your under-wear or clothes? How many times do you find rattle snakes hizzing in your home? Or perhaps ex-cons on the loose when there is no police-officers around! You have posted like a cracker head which is why your getting a post from me, thus I have posted a couple of replyies on this board as well. You see I have tripped and stumbled by accident on this board and now I have posted my finel messages and I,am gone,,,,,,,I must admit I have gotton a good laugh out of you hilly-billyies and in the future I have inportant better things to do, so until then smart mouth try not to have that smart mouth when you step your foot into those big city lights.....


rhudson    Posted 10-21-2003 at 08:08:59       [Reply]  [Send Email]
i'd have to be pretty lost to set foot in big city lights. i have important better things to do. i think we might be replying to a 12 year old.


Lazy Al    Posted 10-21-2003 at 05:29:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
every wonc in a wile som one like u coms along and leefs and nobodi mises ya
Proode to bee kountree 2
Just the fact that your sitting at a computer stumbling around says you don't have to many
important things to do
Al


To Storm Chaser....    Posted 10-21-2003 at 05:05:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
you sound like ya need a good fast werkin laxative there bonehead....after ya crawl back under yer concrete pad. Clipper


Red Dave    Posted 10-21-2003 at 04:52:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
That's me! A hick from the sticks, a "hilly billy", a redneck and proud of it.
But I'm educated and can spell. When the ex-cons come around, I don't need a cop to protect me either, I can protect myself.
I know enough to avoid the Rattlers, not step on them like some city-slicker would. I can also feed myself. From the garden or the woods.
If you get hungry, just get yourself a chaw of that "concreate"


ret    Posted 10-21-2003 at 04:35:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
he don't like the KC Chiefs either, wonder if someone like him likes anything. Kind of scary to think there are ones like him wandering around loose.
REt


At least...    Posted 10-21-2003 at 04:09:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
Us "hilly-billyies" can spell...

And as for:

"Or perhaps ex-cons on the loose when there is no police-officers around!"

You have GOT to be kidding...Police only clean up the mess...They sure as heck are not going to save you if someone intends to do you harm...That is what guns are for...

What a Schmuck...Putz...Schwantz...

Hey!...I figured out how to get around the 'Potty-Mouth Filter'...Curse in Yiddish LOL!

Salmoneye, The Hilly-Billy


Les...fortunate    Posted 10-21-2003 at 03:07:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
With posts like that, I doubt if you'll be missed much more than yesterday's headache.


Willy-N    Posted 10-20-2003 at 23:08:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
Another good reason I love the country you are not and I am! Mark H.


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