I hear people say (and I have been guilty myself on occasion) there is nothing to do around here. Well, I have certainly had a busy life for someone with nothing to do. I am still out and about at least four or five evenings a week.
Just in the last couple of weeks I have enjoyed a very good variety show at the Melody Theater in Leachville and attended a top notch wrestling match in Manila. A group of young men planning a mission trip served a pancake breakfast in Manila. I have been to several ballgames. There was a gospel singing in Leachville on Saturday night and there is gospel singing at Lake City Music and Memories every Friday night with country music on some Saturday nights in Lake City.
Caraway Masons had a pancake breakfast last weekend, and Caraway Ambulance has an auction set for Saturday. I know there are several Easter egg hunts scheduled.
All of the towns have ballparks, and most nights there will be kids from three on up playing t-ball, softball or baseball.
We have churches in all of the towns and many wonderful youth programs.
If you have children, you have ballgames, proms, band concerts, choir concerts, awards day, senior day, and kindergarten and high school graduations coming up.
I can remember when our children were really young we spent a lot of time at the park sliding and swinging. It was a lot of fun and it did not cost anything.
I do miss the swimming pool we had in Manila. I spent time there when I was a teenager and my children spent time there growing up. Hopefully, we will have another one in the near future.
I feel fortunate to have been able to work in my hometown and the surrounding communities. I have had a long career with the Town Crier and it has given me the opportunity to meet people in all of the Buffalo Island towns. I feel right at home wherever I go.
We may not have something to do on every street corner like the metropolitan areas, but remember what we do have. We have good neighbors who will be there for us when we need them. We don't have to worry about traffic jams, and if we break down someone will stop and offer help.
Take notice in our weekly newspaper how many benefits are announced for families who have suffered some kind of accident or illness. People do care about each other.
We can always visit the cities or the beaches, but if you stop and think about it, we have a great place to come home to.
I know the rural life is not for everyone -- that is why we have cities to visit. Thank goodness we live in a free country so we can choose what suits us.