Benefits of Country Living

| 4/13/2012 8:47:26 AM

For as long as I can remember, my city relatives have asked the same question whenever they drive to my rural home for a visit:


“What is there to do here?” When I was thirteen, I didn’t know how to answer. For a while I even believed what the question implied: that life in the country is a drag. In the eight years since then I’ve corrected my opinion, and come to realize that rural living involves much more fascination than I could convey in a one sentence answer. 


In the summer of 2004, my cousin David traveled with our grandparents from their big city home to my place — a seven-hour trip — to visit the Manitoulin Island branch of the family. I’m sure they were glad to get out of the car and stretch their legs, but it wasn’t long before David asked me the typical question: “What is there to do around here?” Neither of us knew it at the time, but the week’s events would cause my cousin to abandon that question for good.  


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