My son is a “country” kid. Being in a rural community gives him lots of opportunities. Really, you might ask….. Yes! He doesn’t go to fancy sports camps it is true. But he runs outside, explores the forest, digs in the earth. He doesn’t go to a fancy science camp. He doesn’t need to, because mother nature is his text book and laboratory. He doesn’t visit fancy art museums, he finds his own inner muse and creates art himself. He doesn’t go to the movies but once or twice a year, but he can tell tales that Hollywood would pay for.
My child does not go without, as some might view it. My child is blessed by his rural life. He knows his neighbors, he loves the land, he cares for the world around him and he creates and gives back to the world he lives in. He will be the first to think of others and do what he can to help.
An example of this….. There was an oil spill on a local river a few years back. My son begged to volunteer (he was four) to help wildlife that was effected. He asked me to drive him to stores to collect donations for the Humane Society for the pets that were being brought there because like their humans they were forced from their homes. He was four!!! His heart hurt for the world and he wanted to make it better.
My child reads above his grade level because there are books everywhere in our home. My child is curious not to know the names of the latest fad cartoon, but the life cycle of a Darkling beetle. My child can make homemade bread. He knows how to bottle feed a lamb. He knows things, important things, about life and his world. He begs for things like chickens and chemistry sets. For me that is amazing. Most kids his age beg to go to concerts and for new technology. He does use a computer (very well, too well.) Don’t get me wrong, he is a kid, he begs for toys too!
So why am I telling you all of this? Not because I have the world’s greatest child…. Far from it some days. I tell you all of this because being a “country” kid in my opinion is a blessing. They learn to do more with less. They understand where their food comes from and how close we are connected to the land. They aren’t as tainted by the big bad world. I want him to stare at the stars in amazement and wonder about migrating birds. Childhood is such a precious fleeting thing and I want my child to have his as long as possible.