If you had known me when I was growing up, you would have said I was the last person you could imagine that would end up living in the country. I'd always fancied myself a city girl when I was younger. I dreamed of living in downtown San Francisco, in one of those impossibly skinny townhouses, riding Bart, and fighting the millions of people during the morning commute. Fresh out of college, I resigned myself to living in Portland instead of San Fran, but Portland was still a big city.
Portland is where I discovered I'm not a city girl. I'm the exact opposite of a city girl.
Here's why I love living in the country-
-This is my view.
-There is no traffic. I've driven on the main highway before, and only encountered 2-3 cars the entire time I was on it. A "bad" traffic day is one where someone has broke down on the side of the road, and traffic is delayed 2 minutes. There's been ongoing bridge work around here, (resulting in a sometimes-20 minute delay getting into the city)and you would think Rapture was imminent by the way people carry on around here.
-I have no qualms about building a bonfire on our property at 11 pm at night, because there's no neighbor's close enough to care. A very different situation from our last house in Oregon where our neighbor's house was about 15 ft from ours.
|I'm crouched in front of our house (our last house in Oregon). Our neighbor's house is the one in the background. Ridiculously close.|
-I love sitting on our front porch at dusk, and seeing a herd of deer traveling across the field by our house.
-It's so quiet. No neighbor's arguing, being obnoxious, or having parties. No hearing babies crying, or little kid's fighting. At night, you can hear the bugs humming and the frog's in the creek.
-There's no light from a city to interfere with your view of the stars at night.
-Shopping at most anytime of the day is like going to the store in a big city at 3 am. There's no one there. It's fabulous. Same goes for the restaurants.
-It's ok to drive on the road by our house on a four-wheeler. Or a horse. Or a tractor. Or a segue-way.
-Everyone knows from "The Walking Dead" that cities will fall first in a zombie apocalypse. It will take longer for the zombies to spread out to the rural areas, giving us precious time for a plan of recourse.
-Everyone knows everyone.
And a few reasons why I don't like living in the country-
-Everyone knows everyone.
-There's no place to buy fresh fish within 2.5 hours. Same goes for Whole Foods. And Chipotle. And Bed Bath and Beyond. And Trader Joe's. The list is endless.
-Mountain Lions. Coyotes. Snakes. HUGE bees.