Country livin’ is fine

Published 7:00 am Thursday, January 23, 2014

Living in the city limits of Picayune or Poplarville is sure to have its advantages. Easy access to local markets, great shopping, and local parks. In the city, you’re close — walking distance maybe — to major events such as the Street Fair and Blueberry Jubilee. Don’t feel like cooking? No problem, whatever your taste buds are craving, it is readily available just around the block. Yes, city life can be grand.

Let’s not forget, however, what rural Pearl River County has to offer. Outside the city limits is another world considered strange by some.

In the country it’s quiet. Not to say there isn’t some traffic noise from the major highways, but it is muted by many country roads and dirt lanes in between.

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Your alarm clock may be a barking dog, or a rooster crow, or the sound of morning birds on your window sill. Waking up to fresh air, green grass, and trees, and the sounds of nature could be the closest thing we mortals ever get to heaven — until we experience the real thing.

Not everyone is cut out for big city life, some prefer the more laid-back existence that living in the country affords.

“Country folk” can still visit the creek on a hot day, and the neighbors when we want to say hello. The sounds of sirens are diminished, crime is less prevalent, and an odd sense of security lingers in the air.

There is nothing wrong with “city folk”, who enjoy the hustle and bustle associated with living within city limits. If you ever find the excitement of town life becoming too pressing, try the country on for size. You just might find a sanctuary; a place to slow down, relax, and enjoy this beautiful world God created for us.

Come on over, country living is fine.


About Barbara Mizell

Barbara Mizell began working for the Picayune Item in 1993. She started during the "cut and paste" days of the newspaper, and was the first to create a newspaper page using the computer for the Item. She has served as Composing Supervisor and honorary Religion Editor. Of all the contributions she has made over her 20 years at the Item, she is most proud of the World War II book "The Greatest Generation." Barbara was born and raised in the White Sand Community on Lee Hill, she has also written many short stories about growing up on the hill.

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