The area where I grew up is serious agricultural business. From my mom and dad's place, I can stand in the yard and count 10 other farms. It really isn't an isolated area at all. In fact, we can start driving in two different directions and in less than ten minutes, be in a town.
If Jethro really pushes it he can get his Tim Horton's fix in less than ten minutes!
At church on Sunday I was chatting with a guy who drives truck for a living. (Notice I said "drives truck" not "drives A truck")
He's familiar with the Sprawlville/Affluencia area in which I make my home. We were discussing how much Newsmallburg is turning into Affluencia with its new subdivision full of luxury homes, being bought up by wealthy folks who think they won't mind commuting, and have no idea as of yet what we do around there every spring.
When Jethro was a kid, there was a barn in his neighbour's yard. Now it's a grocery plaza parking lot.
So my trucker friend mentioned the time his young cousins came from Thompson, Manitoba to visit Ontario. They wanted to know when they'd be in the country. At the time, they were driving down the highway, past all the abundant and prosperous thriving farms.
Out in Manitoba, all the way out to BC, you can drive for an hour without seeing another car. Or truck. You can live on a property where you cannot see your neighbours.
On the other hand, people who move up here to Affluencia from the Big City think they've moved out to the country. They figure if there's a field within a 15 minute car ride, they're in the country.
If I had my way, truthfully, and could live anywhere in the whole entire world, I would live on the west shore of Lake Huron. That's one of my favourite places in the world to visit. The beaches are excellent. What does the Hick know about beaches? Well, if you're a farm kid from southern Ontario, you should have been the Grand Bend at least once in your life, and been back on time to milk the cows in the evening.
The country up there is so beautiful. And the real estate prices. Stunning. The way prices are going up in the Newsmallburg area it makes me think...
I'd move up there in a heartbeat if I could solve two technicalities: My family/his family/our church aren't up there, and there's no music industry up there to provide us with a living.
Meanwhile, Jethro goes to work and gets teased by the city folk who ask us if we even got that Lectricity up there in Sprawlville, north of the 401...if we got teeth and such...
And I'm still trying to figure out how all those houses got in my pasture field!