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Stephanie Pearce: The nostalgia of country living

Stephanie Pearce

Stephanie Pearce

Stephanie Pearce: The nostalgia of country living

Living out of town comes with its own set of challenges, but there are many benefits as well. After living both in and out of town, I prefer out of town living. I'll share with you some of the obstacles and advantages.

Snow can definitely be an obstacle. When you live in the country, you generally have a lot more snow to manage than just a driveway and sidewalk. The county road is never a priority to plow for the county. It seems it must snow almost foot for them to come, and it is usually the day after a snow unless it really dumps, but they never plow before I leave for work. This is why a truck is necessary. I've driven a car through deep snow and it totally ruined belts and left me stranded.

Snow can also be fun. We have hills and can sled just a few feet out the door. The kids loved this growing up. They trained a goat and a dog to pull them through the snow too. As they got older, they started riding snow machines in the fields too. They built snow forts in the yard with the snow that was piled up with plowing. My kids never complained of being bored in the winter and they were outside a lot, which helped grow their imaginations and kept them active.

When you live out of town as far as we do, you don't get a ton of company. There are not a lot of people who just pop in unannounced because it's a 30 minute drive. So, mostly only people you really like will make the effort to come visit, which is a nice thing. We haven't received one solicitor since we've been here. I think if we have, our dogs probably kept them from getting out of their vehicle — another great benefit. We can wear what we want outside and no one sees. I also frequent outside with no makeup and my hair a mess. I wouldn't do that on purpose living in the city. It's nice that you can see company coming from a half mile away too, just in case you need to run in the house and change.

Teaching the kids that being alone is okay has been an amazing benefit of living out of town. I've noticed most kids don't know how to be alone for long periods of time. My kids love being alone and are confident in it. They don't need to be entertained by people all the time and they learn a lot about who they really are when they aren't influenced by peers. They are independent thinkers.The down side is after we've been or in the city for a while or places where there are a lot of people, they definitely need to have some space to themselves. They probably won't choose to live in a city.

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I love where we live because of my deep roots there. I love the history and the nostalgia. I wouldn't trade where I live for any house in town. I know this life isn't for everyone, but to me, the advantages outweigh the obstacles by a long shot.

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