Your Rural Neighborhood: It's All Relative


| 6/19/2012 7:45:21 PM


Tags: Rural living, Rural life, Country living, Country life, Neighbors, Neighborhoods, Marie James,

At a recent gathering of local gardeners, a woman mentioned sharing plant starts with her next door neighbors.

“They live half a mile away,” she added. “Isn’t that funny, when your closest neighbors live way down the road?”  

Like me, she had moved from a suburban neighborhood. A few years ago we hardly had to raise our voices to talk to our neighbors, from our deck to theirs. Now we can’t even holler to our neighbors…we have to use a telephone or head on over in person. 

country road

The rural life, while rife with beautiful scenic views and picturesque landscapes, can also feel isolated. If one likes solitude, it can be found on a remote piece of land far from neighbors and traffic. If one likes lots of company, that requires lots of visiting.  

Personally I could not live alone on our property very long. Though I’m very much a homebody, I am not a good loner. Jim and I, settled into our little routine, can go for days without seeing anyone else. We do have a good internet connection and phones. We communicate daily with family and friends via phone, email, and texting.

nebraska dave
6/25/2012 2:53:07 PM

Marie, rural living is quite different than the city, urban, suburb living. Unfortunately neighbors live only a few feet apart in the city and really don't know each other. My neighborhood still has the old generation feel to it, but I've lived in big city neighborhoods that are not too neighbor friendly. In my humble opinion, once you are part of the area, neighbors are very helpful. Personally, I like the rural neighbors the best. My street and houses around my own house has that feel to it. It's not the typical neighborhood for the city. I'm glad you are fitting into the rural neighbor lifestyle. You will never regret it. Have a great rural neighbor day.


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