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Do you think of yourself as a City Girl or a Country Girl? Do you love to dig in the dirt, or do you love to spend a day crawling the malls? Do you spend hours with the seed catalogs or the fashion magazines? Do you love to drive a tractor or a family van? Do you have lazy dogs sleeping on the front porch or are they more used to the living room couch?
Personally, I am both - I grew up being a country girl, living on a farm every summer until I was 15, and then I became a city girl.... but, in between, I have been both, on and off during the course of my 76 years, and I value the benefits of both life styles. The country girl part of me gave me the work ethic, the basics of being a homemaker, a provider for my family, the one who scrounges and makes things do, even if there isn't enough to go around. On the other hand, the city girl part of me has given me the opportunities to better my education, to become more worldly, to enrich the lives of my children and their children.
What about you? What have you gained from being either a country girl or a city girl? I would love to hear your stories.
♥ Life is a song, sing it. Life is a game, play it. Life is a challenge, meet it. Life is a dream, realize it, Life is a sacrifice, offer it. Life is love, enjoy it. And, life is cooking, eat it. (Sai Baba & Judy)♥
♥ Judy Batson, Field Editor, Taste of Home, 2009 ♥ Reader Council, Simple & Delicious, 2011♥ Contest Winner, Country Woman, 2011♥ Meet me at Cooking for Two.
Country Girl!!! I hate the city life. I had spent time with a family member for two years who lived in the heart of the city. NOT! For ME!!! I couldn't walk outside or sit outside because of the smog, and traffic, and then to add the violence of the neighborhood where they lived. I felt like a caged animal.
I love to sit outside and "enjoynature". To watch and listen to the animals around. To the russeling of the leaves of the trees as the wind breezes bye them. To listen to the birds sing a song and try to locate the bird who is singing the melony of the song in the air. To watch hummingbirds, and butterflies dance around the different flowers. To not have a care in the world as they dance to and fro the flowers. Letting you marvel at the beauty God has painted them in colors only an artist could imagine to paint. To the fragrant smell of the "country perfume"....being fresh mowed hay, or even the manure being spread on the farms, or the fragrant aroma of what God has blessed nature wise with the flowers, trees, and fields to fill the air with an aroma only a country girl could appreciate. Just to know you can sit safely on your porch and watch the sun rise to the sun set and all the things of nature appear or disappear around you throughout the day. To walk the fields or go on a mountain hike or 4 wheeler ride and enjoy nature. To look miles and miles around you and see nature in many ways surround you. To grow your own produce and pluck it from the gardens, or from the orchards, to not even wash it but to enjoy it's fresh taste as it unfold on your taste buds. Or to bring it in the house and prepare a meal with it or can and preserve it for a long winter months and days ahead. And ah!! yes!! Winter...to watch the four seasons unfold in the country what beauty it can unfold. To watch the snow dance in the air with a crisp twinkle in the white blanket of the snowflakes from the sky as each one falls from the sky and covers the things of nature with a blanket of whiteness with a blue tint if the moon is right to bring the things of nature to a sleep. To helping build a snow man out of the fresh layed snow. Or to go sledriding down a hill that took you a while to hike. To make snow angels and see who has the biggest angel. To come inside and have warm hot chocolate and cookies to help warm you up. All because of the fun of what winter has brought to you outside to enjoy in nature. The Spring that comes and things start to creap, bloom, and unfold as they awaken from a long winters nap. To bring forth a new growth of a season as things start to bloom, or grow and creap around you in the country. To smell honeysuckle, or fresh bloomining lilacs can make a wonderful aroma to fill the air. To the farmer plowing the fields unearthing the ground from it's winter sleep. To many other things around the country that start to unfold as nature brings forth new growth in animals and things of nature. Then there is Summer, it may be hot. But you know in the country you can sit safely outside. Or let the children catch fireflies, or play in the sprinklers. To play many games outside even if it's warm they can have some sort of fun outside. If you care to you can join them on a bike ride, or a game of ball, or swing on the swings, or lay in the hay mound, and talk about whatever is on their mind to share with you. You can have fresh watermelon from the vine, or churned homemade ice cream. To go swimming in a cold spring of water to dip yourself in to cool off from the hot days of summer. Or sit in the shade and watch nature dance in many ways around you as the animals stir, the bees go to and fro to the flowers. To the butterflies and humming birds dancing also in the flower beds and you can spend your time admiring the work they are doing to and fro on the flowers. To have a fire at night as fall creeps near, to roast marshmallows, and mountain pies, over the coals of the fire. To watch the sky be filled with a bountiful array of stars all set here and there by God above placing them and lightening them for you to sit for hours and watch the stars in the sky. Or the sunsets and the sky's fill with such awesome colors that you often can tell by the colors on the temperatures of the day or if there is a storm approaching. For children to fill the plastic empty mayonaise jars with fireflies, thinking they have inherited a gold piece but instead they have caught a jar of bugs. But they are so proud of them and bring them to you, and you oh! and ah! at the marvelous things they have captured all in a jar. Or the other creapy crawlings things of nature they have caught, whether a grass hopper, a fresh picked dandeloin, a snake, or a worm, all things they think are wonderful to their little eyes and minds. An you marvel with them and think how neat they are too. As you help look at them through the eyes of a child and say how cool God up above designed them too. Then there is Fall. OH! What colors God paints in the trees and fields. Golds, reds, oranges, and even purple unfold on the mountains and fields. To watch the mountains braze forth with all kinds of colors that take your breath away as they are painted here and there on the trees. To go on a mountain hike or a country drive and watch the colors unfold before your eyes. Or the trees loosing their leaves and the leaves gracefully fall with their own dance as they fall to the ground. To once the leaves are on the ground, and you rake them up and watch little ones go plowing through them as they jump into a pile of leaves and you yourself find yourself not to old but go jumping a time or two in the piled up leaves too. Giggles, and squeals filling the air.OH! YES!! I am a country girl. That is what I am. You can't make me a city girl or you would drive me simply insane!
I've been a country girl for 87 1/2 years, so I don't think anything will change me now.. My only inclination toward city girl would be shopping. I do love to shop, but after 3 or 4 hours I'm ready to get back to the country. I live on the end of a subdvision and look out on a huge cornfield and a beautiful mountain, where I see deer frequently. In fact two were in the road in front of my house this morning and a car had to slow down so as to not hit them. I have to have a vegetable and flower garden every year. My home is decorated in country. I collect birdhouses and it is sort of a theme here. Wallpaper border with birdhouses, picture arrangements of birdhouses, and many birdhouse items such as candle holders, recipe boxes, Kleenex boxes, dishes, even ear rings and sweatshirts. Yes, I'm country all the way through for the many reasons as someone else posted.
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AWWWW... how nice these stories are. Brings a catch to my throat and tears to my eyes. How I wish I could return to living in the open country... tell me more.
a little late but i found this interesting..in my opinion i don't care to live in a big city..too loud. sadly i cant handle being way out in the sticks either, i like to shop and don't want to drive 80 miles to the nearest Kmart. i guess my choice would be a small town. something with lots of character and friendly faces. something that sits maybe between the city and the country. so call me a small town girl.
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