Country Neighbors versus City Neighbors

| 6/8/2015 10:28:00 AM

Country at HeartI do believe that the majority of people who now live in cities once had their roots in the country. I'm not naïve enough to believe that every city person's ancestors once lived in rural American. No doubt there are city dwellers who can trace their family lineage all the way back to antiquity and their roots will still be in the city. That's fine.

But on that note, I do believe there is a difference between city folks and true-bred, country folks. Let me explain. Although I grew up in the country, I have lived three-fourths of my life in the city. So, I do have a perspective about neighbors on both sides of the fence, so to speak. And, I must admit that even though I'm more than 50 years removed from my rural roots, I still prefer the country and the hospitality of country folks – at least those that I grew up around.

There's an expression that goes, "You can take the boy out of the country, but you can't take the country out of the boy." When I first left home, I believed that to be true. Today, I'm not so inclined to believe that. Here's why. With the advent of television and Hollywood and social media, and the rise of cross-cultural magazines, etc., many people who had their roots in the country are not as quick to relate to or identify with their history and upbringing. It appears that the old country boy wants to be a city boy after all.

I meet people all the time I think were born and raised in the city until they tell me they moved from some small town or the country and usually from down South and many times from Arkansas. Had they not told me, I would have never known, because now, they talk and act just like "city slickers." That's not all bad, but I do remember the manners and politeness and courtesies of country and small-town folks. For instance, where I'm from, you would almost never walk past someone and not speak - even if you don't know them. That's just the "Southern," small-town way. Of course, there are always exceptions, but those are usually personally based. I'm referring to the norm.

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12/28/2017 5:37:41 PM

Guess that photo must be of the "city" because it looks just like downtown Jacksonville, FL, the biggest city in the USA.

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