All but the previous list’s last item have been accomplished, and then some. Thanks for all your support. =)
1) mutant sock monkey type critters for my kids
2) vintage lacy knit stockings
4) heavy-duty blankets for these crazy Ozarks winters
My two boys each have very distinct educational needs which our small rural school district cannot accommodate. There are no charter schools in this region and IEPs seem to be a bad joke at my kids’ expense. I won’t go into the laundry list of other reasons public school has consistently been a disservice to these children.
My family relocated to the Ozarks in late 2005. I was born a Capitol Beltway native (Washington, D.C. metro). My life before going rural was spent half in the MD/DC area and in Brevard County, FL (NASA/PAFB land). I’d never previously lived in a geographic region with a population of less than .5M.
Country living is not for everyone. Adjustments and sacrifices must be made. Perhaps the most difficult transition is the mindset from city to rural life. Want to pop into town only to rent a DVD or grab a burger? One should re-evaluate priorities because fuel certainly isn’t getting any cheaper.
Rural life demands many characteristics and skills. Some of these assets include self-sufficiency, determination, perseverance, courage, common sense, and patience. Of course there are many more not listed, but the ones here should be obvious.
Acceptance of new residents within a rural community isn’t a given; it must be earned. Rural survival and success is largely based on quality interactions within one’s community, so never discount the opportunity to willingly lend a hand. One never knows when life will necessitate being on the receiving end of a neighbor’s assistance.