Editor's Notebook: The Gap Between Us, Town People

February 11, 2012 05:03 AM

Our entire family—the Finck Five—loves living on the farm. We treasure the solitude, the coyotes yelping at night and the simple pleasures of living in the boonies down a long, gravel road.

Recently, we were out looking at the stars on a warm winter night. Soon, we launched into a funny discussion about the wide-eyed moments the town kids who’ve spent the night at our place have had throughout the years. I’m guessing that many of you share similar experiences, but here’s a list to make you smile on a cold February day.

The differences between country kids and town kids, as relayed by my daughters, who have never lived on a paved road:

  • Farm kids know there is no reason to have window blinds because there is no one out there, but town kids are nervous going to sleep in a room where people can look in … what people?
  • Farm kids walk different. They keep an eye out for stubble, stumps, cow pies and the like. You never know when you might trip yourself or step in something.
  • Farm kids are fascinated by coyotes howling in the distance and, despite the occasional set of goose bumps that crops up, they realize that coyotes don’t prey on people. Town kids—or at least the ones who come to our house—are convinced the coyotes will hunt them down if they go outside before dawn.
  • Farm kids know raccoons aren’t cute and should never be fed—they’re varmints who need to fend for themselves in the wild.

None of this changes the fact that our girls are envious that their town friends can sleep in more often or can walk or bike to the store!

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