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What I Like About Country Folks

12/5/2012 1:37:27 PM

Tags: Country Folks, Rural People, Good Neighbors, Simple Living/Lifestyles, Down-to-earthers, Arkansas Girl

Arkansas GirlPerhaps because I grew up "country," I just love rural people. They're friendly, simple, down-to-earth, honest, hardworking, lovers of the land, resilient, trusting and curious but not too suspicious of city folks. I miss hearing, "How y'all folks doing; Y'all come back to see us, now." "Where y'all folks from?" Passersby would wave or honk their horn. A gentleman would bow his head or tip his hat. I can still feel those firm, hardy handshakes (hugs were not in vogue then). And how about those wide, toothy grins which are so typical of country folks?

Living in an environment with not too many people close by gave us the opportunity to create our own fun. We were quick to laugh, giggle, joke, play, and entertain ourselves. I was fortunate to have a lot of brothers and sisters so I endured few lonely moments.

One of the main things I like about growing up country is the friendliness of rural people. Race wasn't much of a factor. Even before the pre-civil rights era, hostility among rural people was not evident. Neighbors would wave, stop and help in an emergency, and were generally kind and courteous.

The other day, my sisters and I were laughing and joking about how (when we were kids), we never had locks on our doors and how we could go away from home, leave the doors and windows wide open and no one would ever think about going into our house. "Today," she said, "they'll break into your house and you can be in there."

We reminisced about how much times have changed. And even though things are different now, and it is doubtful that we will ever go back to that simple, down-to-earth manner of living, I am grateful that fond memories are a gift that warm my heart of those wonderful, bygone years. From my "country" heart to yours.

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Erin Kathleen Hanson
12/8/2012 5:28:21 PM
hello everyone, i'm new here and i'm from the city. I've decided to move to the country to experience rural life. I found that urban values conflict with my own values. I know it will be challenging for me to adjust to country life but I look forward to learning and especially being able to connect to the land and the people.

Heather Jackson
12/8/2012 1:47:23 AM
I like country folks too! I was worried about leaving my great neighbors when we moved, and was even told by this house's former owner that we wouldn't fit in here, but I have been so welcomed by my new neighbors in the country! They have been such a blessing to us.

12/7/2012 12:57:44 AM
Arkansas girl, welcome to the GRIT blogging community. I too can remember those days when locks were practically a decoration on the door. Many times keys were left in the car as shopping was done. How long would a car last today if the keys were left in the car? I feel sorry for the city folks that never get to experience the country life of adventure and exploration. Have a great country memory day.

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