Girl Out of Water - Things You Don't Hear Here


| 12/12/2011 1:20:08 PM


Tags: Country Mouse, City Mouse, Maura White, Maura White,

Some people have told me that living in the country can’t be that different from living in the city, except for location.  They think that life is very much the same.  They just cannot imagine that there are so many fundamental differences.  I too, really had no idea until we moved out to the country what it was really like.  But there are some basic things that are as different as night and day.  No wonder that little country mouse was so lost when he visited his city cousin!

 Here are some very basic things that people really don’t think about until they have made this change:

 Things you hear at the farm but not in the city:

“Look at all those stars ....”  Because of the light pollution in the city, the wonder of the stars in the sky is hidden.  Out here where there are no street lights and very few lights at night, we can see the Milky Way and even have seen the Northern Lights at our farm.

“Those coyotes are real close to the house tonight.” And they are! Sounds like they are standing on the front porch!

The hawk's cry:  The hawk’s cry is very distinctive and always makes me look up from what I am doing.  They are more vocal during hay season.  How many city dwellers hear them, or can identify them?

“Get the sling blade and trim the driveway ....”  Do city dwellers know what a sling blade really is besides the name of a movie?

“Get the 4-wheeler and round up the neighbor’s cows, they are out again.”  I have participated in more round-ups in the past 10 years than I can count, and I don’t even own livestock.

“They are haying the front field.”  First of all, the phrase ‘front field’ would never be used in the urban environment unless you are talking about a soccer complex.  And secondly, almost everyone knows that hay is something that livestock eat, but most haven’t heard that word in the context of an activity that must be done.

“The mice/rats ate through the wires in the barn.”  Apparently there is something in the wires that attract mice and barn rats to chew on them, as it really does happen!  You go out to start something or flip a light switch, it is dead, and when you follow the wiring, there are the telltale chew marks with bare wire showing!

"Geez, it rained again and  the phone is out."   And when you call the phone company their response is, “Yeah, there was a big rain.  It should come back on soon.”  Our phone has been out up to a week because of a rainstorm.  Can a city dweller relate to that without having had a catastrophic storm move through?  And without having a meltdown at the phone company clerk?  But really, in this day and age of technology, why should rain make the phone go out?

"I couldn't get off my road to get to work today because of the ice."  Horrible back country roads are not just a third-world thing.  When we have a big snow or ice storm, there have been times that the road is so bad that no one at our end of the road has been able to leave for up to three days.

The wind coming.  Once you are out in the quiet of the country and stand still, you can hear the wind coming through the forest.  It can sound like animals coming at you through the brush, but it is just … the wind!




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