I am so thankful for the country life style that my husband dragged me into kicking & screaming some 22 years ago. I grew up in the city and considered my self a city girl. The only bug I knew was lightening bugs & grasshoppers. I could walk to the grocery store. I could parallel park just as easily as I could pull into a shopping mall parking space. I can even whip my car into a tiny space on the left side of the street and that takes skill!
But as I said, my husband is a born & bred country boy and he moved me to the country. When we first moved here, the closest stoplight was 18 miles away. There was no 911 out here in the boondocks & while fire department had a local phone number, if we needed to call the rescue squad it was long distance. It took me an hour, mostly on the interstate, to drive to work each morning. The closest grocery store was 30 minutes away. There was wildlife. Real wildlife! Not just more types of bugs than I'd ever imagined but real critters! Raccoons, possum, deer, fox, an occasional bobcat and even a bear. A bear!
Luckily for my husband, the bear didn't come into existence, at least my existence, until about five years ago. Long after I'd adjusted to the idea of wildlife. But the point of this is that I have adjusted to living among the wildlife & to this country living lifestyle. I love living out here in the middle of nowhere. I love that 9 out of 10 cars you pass will wave to you. I love that four cars at the stoplight is considered a traffic jam. I'm not crazy about the fact that we now have a stoplight, two in fact (about 5 miles apart,) but I am thankful for their help in crossing the road. Because we have to cross the road to get to the grocery store. And the liquor store. We have a grocery & liquor store now!
Can I even consider myself still living in the country if we have two stoplights and a liquor store? I think I can. And I'll tell you why. The country (as opposed to the city) has it's own electric company. It's a cooperative & it provides electricity to a very large, spread out area & they do a fine job providing said electricity. They are fantastic about keeping our power on & getting it turned back on quickly after storms. But how I really know that we are still living in the country is because the power cooperative puts out a monthly newsletter/magazine thing. This magazine has a recipe section. One of this month's recipes was for barbecued raccoon. Yep. It's official. We live in the country. And I'm thankful for it. Not the recipe, but the lifestyle.