A little piece of heaven

Published 7:00 am Thursday, October 29, 2015

After living in Picayune for nearly a year, I’m still not immune to the beautiful countryside found in this region. The best part of my workday is driving to and from interviews because I get to pass through some of the most pristine land that has yet to be touched by man.
Back home in south Florida, open land is scarce. Commercial buildings and real estate occupy every inch of land, and if there happens to be a plot available, you can bet there will be a fashion mall or a retail supercenter built on it within a year.
The countryside found in Pearl River County is a nice change from what I’m used to, which is one of the reasons why I decided to move to Mississippi in the first place. I needed a change of scenery and this seemed like a great place to start.
Several months ago, I interviewed a family who trains, breeds and competes Paso Fino horses at the Southern Horse and Outdoorsman Club in Poplarville. The farm is set in a perfect location, where rolling hills seem to go on forever. It was like a little piece of heaven. I honestly didn’t want to leave after my interview was done. If I could’ve, I would’ve stayed and learned how to live off the land and ride horses across the tranquil landscape. But as a city girl, I knew I probably would’ve only lasted a day. Even so, I am appreciative of the beauty only nature can provide.
I’m sure many Pearl River County natives are used to the beautiful scenery. Even so, we should all stop and enjoy the beautiful place we live, despite our busy schedules.
The splendor of nature has a way of putting things into perspective, especially during a busy day where it seems like nothing is going right.
The countryside is a place of healing, a place where we can recharge our batteries and we’re so lucky to have it right in our backyard.

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