Why does no one speak of the cultural advantages of the country?
Today I'm thankful fer my raisin'.
I grew up in a small town. An hour
from a Wal-Mart and years from modern society. Where tree-covered mountains
provide the backdrop to a simple life.
Where you could call the doctor
at home if you needed to and pay him with a pie the next time you were in town.
Where you could meet the vet on the side of the road to treat your pup. Where
the fan belt you need for your car will be left outside the parts store since
you can't make it by before closing. You'll settle the bill next
Where neighbors still share eggs and sugar and burdens and birthday
presents. They take 'love thy neighbor' to its literal extreme.
seen that especially in this time with my grandfather. A steady stream of
neighbors, family, friends who drop in with food and hugs and questions about
what else we need.
I grew up in a place far from perfect, but it was
there I received a firm foundation. It was there that I learned about community
and relationships and treating people well.
I've moved from there and
left behind much of what filled my life as a child. I've seen big cities and
little ones from one coast to the other. No, it wasn't perfect and wouldn't be
in the running for many 'best ever' awards. But it was good for me. And I'm
thankful -- and proud -- to be from the foothills.