My husband drives an hour each way to his office. It’s not just the office that is far away. Except for the post office and the elementary school, there is nothing closer than 40 minutes from our home.
Living in the boonies was a hard adjustment for me. In law school we were surrounded by friends. There was always something going on. The kids and I had play dates all the time. We had friends over for dinner often. We were close to everything.
In the past year, I’ve learned to love the boonies. Living in the country, with acreage for the kids to roam and explore, has lots of benefits. It’s the way my husband grew up and he loved it . I think his work ethic, creativity, intelligence and good health are at least due in part to his growing up in the sticks.
Our kids don’t watch TV or play video games (though they do watch DVDs on the computer sometimes). They climb trees, build forts, grow vegetables, build animal traps, hunt bears (especially the 4-year-old), and let their imaginations run wild. We breathe fresh air, eat fresh chicken eggs, and enjoy a large garden’s produce most of the year.
At first glance, living in the boonies may sound expensive. After all, gas is our biggest expense each month (only because we don’t pay rent or a mortgage). There are, however some considerable financial benefits including
- Space to grow lots of our own organic food
- Fewer trips to the store means fewer opportunities to spend money
- Most date nights spent creatively at home
- When you don’t feel like cooking you can’t just run out and grab something
- Using a clothesline to dry clothes to save electricity
- No pressure for kids to be involved in loads of extra-curricular activities
Maybe I’m just being an optimist by counting the blessings of our current situation.
What about you? Are you a city mouse or a country mouse?
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