We took a long weekend to go to Fort Worth to see my Dad-in-law and crew. Hubby cooked up some big honkin mouthwatering steaks for everybody (after they had marinated in beer all night - the steaks, I mean).
It's nice to go to the city every once in a while if only to remind us that the aggravations far outweigh the advantages (at least for us personally) of living in a metropolitan area. The traffic still sucks, the total lack of courtesy is even more blantant than ever, the crime is just a regular part of every day life. No thanks.
I'm gonna stick with my little small town with only one grocery store, four restaurants, and one 4-way stop intersection. Where everybody knows my business and you know what? I'm seeing where that is a good thing. If I don't show up for work or if I'm not seen in town for more than a few days, people start asking questions and calling to see if I'm okay. It's truly more concern than curiosity. I like the fact that when I come up to the 4-way stop, sometimes it's a contest to see who can be the most courteous. "You go." "No, you go." "You go first." "No, YOU go first." "Thanks, see you at coffee shop."
I know it sounds hokey but despite all the goofball things that go on in a small town, I'm just gonna keep my boots on and stay in the country. I had the big city life and all the trappings that go with it. Been there, done that.
And guess what? It ain't all I thought it was cracked up to be. Quite frankly, I can't remember much about the life except what new car I drove, where I worked, and what expensive clothes I wore. Past that, I couldn't give you a whole lot of details. Sounds pretty sad to me now.
And now, if I'm not chasing a 3 year old Bear around, I'm working with the horses, or I'm helping on a(nother) committee at church, or contributing my time or baked goods to the current fundraiser. Hubby and I eat lunch together almost every day - eating at our own table and sharing our mornings' events. No rush - no bustle - just a little quality time together over turkey sandwiches and Funyuns.
"Slow down and enjoy life. It's not only the scenery you miss by going too fast - - you also miss the sense of where you are going and why." ~ Eddie Cantor