The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Living in Rural Texas

Aw, yes, Texas, my Texas. I luv ya. It’s truly a great place to live – great food, great people for the most part, great music, ever changing scenery, cities, country-side, oceans and lakes, pro-sports, you name it – we’ve got it. And living in rural Texas is a real mixed bag.
I love the 2 minute rush “hour” we have in going to work – heck, even if I walk it it only takes 5 minutes. Just can’t beat that with a stick! I can come home and go to my very own potty and be back to work in less than 10 minutes – now that’s a benefit, friends!
I hate the fact that most people know how many times I do come home to the potty each day – you just can’t keep anything secret in small towns. And besides that, if I come home 3 times in one day by the time it gets around town I’ve been home 7 times. Yes, the rumor mill works over time most everyday.
I don’t like having only 3 choices of places to eat out. That’s kind of a drag, especially when one of them is the DQ – just not my favorite place. However, if there were more places to eat I’d probably spend more money.
And speaking of spending money – we have to travel about 45 mintues before we can even get in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart and the nearest Super Wally World is about 75 mintues away. Actually, I don’t even like Wal-Marts but I do miss Targets. The good thing about this situation is that you can’t just stop in for thirty minutes and drop a wad of cash every day or two.
I really miss having a good friend. You see, when you move into a small town if you don’t have any family members there, or if you didn’t go to high school there then you are definitely an outsider. Most people here are kin to one another in one fashion or another (have you ever heard of “double cousins”? They have those here!) And the rest of the people grew up together so there are strong ties there. I can understand it – they are use to one another and they know everything about one another so what’s the use of trying to make a really good friend out of someone that just moved to town for one reason or another. However, it’s a lonely feeling for those of us stuck on the outside – and there really aren’t that many people my age who haven’t been here for a long, long time. If my daughter didn’t live here I would probably get really lonely so I praise God that I am fortunate enough to live just a few miles from my oldest child and my grandkids. I do try to leave a long leash on that situation though – young women her age don’t want to hang around old gray haired women like me all the time. She has been able to make friends here which I am very thankful for. Her husband has lived here all his live and he has family here, too, so that really helps her situation.
I love the clean air here. There just aren’t enough vehicles and industries here to make smog a problem. The worst thing we get out of the air is the stinch from a livestock truck rolling thru town!
I love being able to walk around my neighborhood at night or the early evening and have no fear – except for the stray dogs that sometimes terrorize us. And I really appreciate the fact that I don’t fear for my children’s safety from weirdos. There’s always someone in the neighborhood that the kids could go to and you could trust them to help you out.
I do wish that teen-age drinking wasn’t quite the problem that it is here. I think the kids might drink more out of boredom but I also know that in the city that beer and alcoholic beverages might be more readily available to the underaged.
I wish we had a better produce section at the grocery store and a bigger selection of items thru out. However, I do understand their predictament with a small customer base and I am very thankful that we have what we do have in the way of a grocery store.
I love the school spirit in a small town but I hate the preferred treatment that a handful of kids get because they are kin to the teachers, etc., etc.
I wish our church was more contemporary – I could really get excited about a great praise and worship atmosphere. That option isn’t available here.
After all is said and done and I look at all the options that do exist I would have to say that I would rather raise a family in this small rural community in Texas as opposed to doing the same in a big city. I think our morals, our more conservative way of thinking, and our layed back lifestyle are much more condusive to raising healthy, happy kids. So – I guess I’ll stay.

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