Saturday, November 17, 2012
The Thing About Living in the Country...
I've always been a city girl. I was born and raised in a city, and jumped at the first chance I got to move to an even bigger city, where I stayed (and loved it!) for 18 years.
Then we moved to Michigan...rural Michigan. And I love, love, love living in the country (life is full of huge surprises), with two exceptions. The first is well water (oh how I hate thee, let me count the ways), and the second is going on right now: 16-Day Firearms Deer Hunting Season.
Yesterday we went to a parade and two pickup trucks in town had dead dear strapped to them (their pride and joy, I'm sure, but my ewww).
And this morning, for the third day in a row (opening day was on the 15th) I'm surrounded by the sound of guns firing every so often. There are deer blinds everywhere you go around here, and I'm not sure why the sound bothers me, but every time a gun fires it gives me a little bit of unrest. I don't like the sound of guns going off around my house.
That being said, hubby and his dad are big hunters, well they used to be. My in-laws have a place in an even more rural part of Michigan (I believe they got it just for hunting) where the boys go to participate in the sport, and the women go to cook for them and socialize w/the kids around the fire pit (it's fun, a mini-vacation), but my father-in-law has been sick, just had major heart surgery... so there won't be hunting this year.
And while I like spending time up there with my in-laws, I'm fine with not going. You've probably gathered from this post that I'm not the staunchest of supporters anyway. When I hear the guns going off during hunting season, I'm prone to be thinking, 'Run Bambi, Run!' You'd be amazed though (unless you love hunting, and then you already know) at the hype that surrounds the season. There are women and children who love the sport too, with women calling off of work to go try their hand, and children calling off of school (yeah, it's that big of a deal), and the employers/schools understanding the call-ins! You can't even call off without getting reprimanded if you're half-sick with pneumonia, but you can call off for hunting season.
And I guess that's just part of life in the country.