Living in the country has its advantages -- and its disadvantages. That is particularly evident when we face inclement weather like the recent winter storms.
We only have about a mile of gravel road to tackle in order to get to the highway. Still, that mile of county road may be under a couple feet of water, buried under deeply drifted banks of snow, or frozen into a solid sheet of ice ... and it can even get downright treacherous at times.
At times the passing cars and trucks leave swells of dust so thick you can hardly see in front of you, and at other times the wind is whipping the snow with such ferocity that you can't find your way from the front door to the mailbox.
The other side of this proverbial coin is being able to rise in the morning to breathtaking sunrises or to sit at the dinner table and look out at the gorgeous ambers and violets of a Missouri sunset.
It's looking out at the snow covered fields and trees and having the sense that you live a thousand miles from the nearest neighbor, when in fact the nearest neighbor is just across the road.
It's watching the eagles fly up and down the draw behind the house on a cool autumn Sunday afternoon, or listening to what seems like a million geese in a nearby cornfield taking a break from their annual pilgrimage only to see them rise overhead in great sky-darkening masses as they move to another rest stop along their way.
Yes, sometimes the power goes out and you have to leave the blank television and computer screens and do something crazy, like interact with the people you live with or play a few games of Scrabble or read a book by the brightness of the mid-day sunlight streaming through a window.
And at times you may be stranded because of snow drifts piled up all around the house and cars. Until, that is, one of your young friends comes along with his favorite tractor, pushes the snow out of the way, and "frees" you from your temporary imprisonment.
It's all perspective. I, for one, like doing crazy things like interacting with the folks I live with and playing Scrabble and reading by the brightness of the mid-day sunlight reflecting off the snow outside and streaming through the big picture window.
Like I said -- it's all perspective.