Country Close

Living in rural North Carolina has given me a new perspective on convenience. It’s not as if we live in the center of Death Valley or even rural Wyoming but still, things like fresh tomatoes or a bottle of drinkable wine are difficult to come by out here. Sure there’s a grocery store. It is 7 miles of winding 1.5 lane roads away and carries lot of meat, low-fat dairy products and Wild Irish Rose. The produce is awful, usually wilted and often filled with bugs. If we want to eat, say, carrots that are still orange we have to make the 30 mile hike into Suffolk, VA. Same roads, better produce.

Take yesterday for an example of what doing a simple activity with the kids is like. I said yes to taking my 17yo son and a few of his friends to the movies. One girl lives exactly on the way. Picking her up is easy. Another lives 20 or 25 minutes in another direction. We also had to go to the bank.
Soooo… I went to the bank then picked up girl one who was no longer on the way but who also doesn’t live too far from downtown. Let’s say 5 miles, so 10 altogether. We then drove to pick up the other two kids who live 20-25 minutes in the the other direction and head for the movie. We left home shortly after 12 noon and got to the movies right at 2:30 when the show my 7yo and wanted to see was beginning.
After the movies I delivered the 20-25’s back to their home and brought girl one back to our house where her parents picked her up later. It was 7pm and we had been home for about 15 minutes. Not counting the movies, we were gone from home for 3.5 hours. When we lived in Chesapeake going to a movie and the bank after picking up friends would have taken about 1 hour. I’ll give it 1.5 hours and say I still drove to pick up friends who live 20-25 minutes out of the way.
Living out here? The simple fact that there are teenagers my son enjoys hanging out with who live within a 30 minutes driving range? THAT is Country Close.

About Bettina Colonna Essert

Illuminated Magdalene High Priestess and facilitator of empowerment and healing circles for girls and women, including a monthly Red Tent Temple. BA in English, minor in anthropology. Waldorf homeschool mom. Reiki master, cranial sacral therapist, herbalist, menstruvist, feminist, epicurian.
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