When we moved to the country eighteen months ago, one of our prime motivation was providing a better life style for our family. We wanted our kids to develop independence, and we wanted to focus on the important things in our life, with out the distractions of city life. Of course life here is very busy too, but the busyness is of our making, with our vegetable garden, and animals, as well as the farm.
Yesterday several people tweeted me or sent me this article in the Sydney Morning Herald, and a similar one in The Age.
It turns out our experience of moving to the country is fairly typical. Our kids enjoy a lot of freedom, that just wasn’t possible in a small suburban house. The animals have ensured that they understand the cycle of life, and the small school they attend is at the heart of a caring community. It is exactly what we wanted for them.
What I found most interesting though, was that the study identified that adults who didn’t grow up in the country, find it harder to adjust than adults that did grow up. On reflection, it seems obvious. Country Boy (who grew up here) is in his element, whilst I have made no secret of the fact that I have mixed feelings about our move. I find the lack of services, and large distances an issue, not to mention that I miss family and friends. I am slowly making friends, and getting to know people.
This year has been easier than last, and hopefully next year will be easier again. What I appreciated from the article was that our experiences are similar to others in our situation. We already knew the issues, and the good parts of our life. It’s nice to know we are not alone.