Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Country Mouse or City Mouse?

When I saw this topic I got all excited. I love comparing the country to the city!

Growing up, I lived in the country. I'm talking about you had to drive 10 miles to a gas station which that town only had a 4 way stop. 30 miles to Wal-Mart and the community I lived in didn't have anything but a school, that's it! Wait one time we had a pool hall that got shut down (hahah). Growing up though all I ever said is "I can't wait to move to the city!" When we traveled we always went to the city and that's where I got my love for it. I love being able to try new things, see different things and so on. Well when I moved to Alabama, I moved to a 'small town' they did have red lights at least! Then we moved to Huntsville,Alabama. Oh what a shocker that was.

You see growing up, city was the city. I didn't think about prices, what'd I miss, what I wouldn't miss. It was just there and I wanted to move there (whichever city that might be).

So I sat tonight and compared some prices of real estate. That what the first shocker to me. In Mississippi you can get a 3 bedroom house for rent for about $350 out in the country and it be pretty nice. In our home in PC, it was a 2bedroom for $350. Huntsville, 3 bedroom 2 bath for $850 a month! Wait I can pay a house note for that price!

In Cumberland there is a house listed ,4 bedrooms 2 bath 6,500sqft for.... $214,000
In Phil Campbell there is a house listed 4 bedrooms 2 bath 4,500 sqft for $225,000
In Huntsville there is a house listed 4 bedrooms 3 bath 6,500 sqft for 1,699,000

Granted housing market is completely different, styles of homes are completely different and the way of living is as well but it just came to a huge shocker to me when I saw it all placed together.

Country- What I love and what I hate about it.

That I can walk out my front door and see NO neighboors
That I can see the stars great
That I can hear the crickets in the background
The small town feel- going in the grocery store knowing everyone.
Having a huge backyard
Going Mud Riding
Knowing everyone.
Community pulling together when something bad happens
Mom and Pop places

Nothing to do at all for fun
Getting into trouble because well you just don't have anything to do
So far away from everything

City-What I love and what I hate about it

Rush Hour! Yes, I said it, I love rush hour
Always coming across something new
The mall is literally 5 minutes away
Hearing the sirens at night
You don't have to travel 45 miles to get somewhere
Eating out is great :)

That I can't see the stars all that great
Having nosey neighboors (even though I do love one set of neighboors)
Being so far away from the country and family
Not seeing the same people twice in a grocery store
If you move here, you hardly ever see someone you know out and about
Seeing the homeless (it breaks my heart)
Wrecks (these folks don't know how to drive)
Not being able to turn the local news on without hearing about a shooting

All in all I believe I am both a country and city mouse combined. I love being in the country, that's my roots and my life. Some of the greatest memories I have is of riding the tractor with my daddy. However, I have some pretty great memories of being in the city, not just Huntsville. Odd as it may be to me and my close friends, now I live in the city. I don't regret it but I also don't love it like I thought I was as a teenager. I do though, have the best of both worlds.I can always go home for a few days if I miss the country and my family is always coming up to see what is going on in the Rocket City.

1 comment:

  1. I can totally relate here. Although I was raised here in the countryside, I left for the city at the age of 16 then stayed there for 7 years. I enjoyed the city life, but also missed my folks here. My husband and I who were newlyweds then decided to move here. So been staying back in the country for almost 3 years since. Sometimes, I really miss malls. And I hate being far from everything just like you said. We don't even have a hospital with complete facilities and diagnostics. We need to travel about 3 hours to go to the nearest tertiary hospital and a small mall.

    Visiting you from Bloggy Moms and I'm from the Philippines. =)
    Added you in my circles too.