Yesterday evening there was a show on TV that Vince was watching and I caught part of it. Please don’t try to debate whether city living or country living is best. Different areas are best for different folks . . but the guy brought up some points that I thought were true – points I had never thought much about, though they’re 100% true in my life.
One of the things he asked the audience was whether they thought people living in the city or people living in rural areas were more likely to know their neighbors. They all agreed that rural folks knew their neighbors more. I know there are exceptions and some folks in cities and subdivisions know everyone on their block or in their subdivision.
When we lived in Kentucky and had a house way out in the country, I did know my neighbors. There was a man across the highway, a family way back behind us whose land bordered our land, there was an older couple right past us and several other families within a few miles of us that we knew and visited. We had a house in town and I knew the names of the folks on both sides of me but can’t say that I ever visited in their home and as far as I know, they never came to our house.
Here, where houses are far apart and most can’t even be seen from the road, we’ve met and been in the homes of probably a dozen families. I have never lived where I always have someone dropping by. I laugh because this is the first place we’ve lived where I get up and get dressed every morning because I know it won’t be long into the day before someone knocks on my door. One day the UPS man was here and it was one who doesn’t come often. He said he didn’t have our gate code and I told him he was probably the only person in the county who didn’t know our code. He laughed and said “Oh, I called a friend who knows it!”
Another thing the guy on tv said was . . when we live in cities, everything is handed off to the institution. We count on the government or similar entities to provide so many essentials. That’s true too. It’s funny because sometimes when I write things on the blog, I’m amused at some of the comments . . folks who don’t have a clue what it’s like to live this far back into woods and by Texas standards, we’re not terribly rural.
City folks count on the city and call them when there’s a problem with the water, or sewer. Hopefully you can call the police and count on them to get there in time if you need help. If you have a fire, you call the fire department.
When we have a problem with water, because our water comes totally from our own well, we’re on our own. Sewer stops working . . we have our own septic system so we have to figure it out. We need the police . . chances are we’re going to deal with it on our own. I believe there’s one, maybe two deputies working our entire county at night. They’re not going to get here in time if there’s an emergency.
I suppose a whole lot of where you choose to live depends on your confidence level in the government and the infrastructure. I suppose to speaks volumes about the amount of confidence I have in those type entities but if I had my way, I’d be living farther out than we are and we’d be living 100% off grid.
Even though there’s a certain amount of expense with having a well and septic system, especially if they need to be replaced, I love not paying a water or sewer bill. Come to think about it, I love everything about living here . . except scorpions, black widow spiders and sand spurs!