I’m a country girl through and through. I like open spaces, trees, rivers and lakes, a clear view of the stars, fresh clean air, and the enchantment of watching wild life. I’ve never liked being in a city where everyone’s scrunched together; the bustle of so many people in one place makes me uneasy as if I have an itch that I can’t quite tell the location of.
Dallas is no exception to my dislike for cities but some of the suburbs are still liveable…barely. The town I live in is one of a string of towns that run together, separated only by a street. On one side of the street is one town and on the other side is a completely different one. My bank is located in the town in which I live, but across the street my pharmacy is in another town. When I move to my apartment I’ll be in yet another town. Somewhat confusing to me at first but I’m beginning to make a little sense of it.
The thing which makes living in this area tolerable is that there are large swathes of farm land interspersed with highly developed properties. One can be driving through town and suddenly see acres of corn adjacent to a large shopping mall; or a new apartment complex flanked on either side by wheat and maize fields. The novelty of this never ceases to amaze and charm me. It’s not solely country or solely city, it’s both…casually intermingled.
There are also large green belts throughout the area where no construction is permitted. Another unique thing is that wild flowers are protected here. There are some places where they grow prolifically and in these spots the grass may not even be cut until the flowers cease blooming. The apartment I’ve rented and will soon be moving into is right across the street from a large open field where wild flowers are continually blooming. I look forward to sitting on my patio and enjoying this lovely view while pretending I’m actually in the country; the beautiful Country Club just down the street from my apartment adds to this illusion. The golf course has a five-mile walking trail along the perimeter which, I’m told, is available to the apartment residents so I’ll be able to take nature walks whenever I desire. Since I no longer have my sweetie to hold my hand when I walk I’m investing in a hiking stick to help with my balance.
The bottom line here is that even though I’m in an urban area, I can still enjoy a small slice of nature, maybe even enough to satisfy this country girl. There are plenty of rabbit, squirrel, duck, racoon, birds of all kinds, and even coyote and fox to observe. There may even be a few deer, although I haven’t yet seen any myself. The stars may not be as bright as I’m accustomed to, but having the empty field directly across the street from me will eliminate a lot of the light pollution, making for better star-gazing.
I guess I can’t really complain about my circumstances or location since I seem to be in the enviable position of having all the conveniences of the city, while enjoying the illusion of living in the country. As an added bonus I have several children and grandchild near by. So my question is, what could be better at this stage of my life? Oh yes indeed, I must remember daily to count my blessings.