Week #7 is here for the Living Large Summer of Fun Scavenger Hunt! Your fun task this week is to find something to do in your town/city that you’ve never done before, or haven’t done in a very long time!
Tagged: Kansas City
We visited our hometown, Kansas City, over Memorial Day weekend.
It has now been five years since we moved to Our Little House, and it has been interesting for us to see how we have reacted to going “home” throughout the years.
When we first moved here, Dale remained in Kansas City for three months while he trained his replacement at work and sought the job he was after here in our new town.
My first friend here owned an antique shop in town. She had moved here with her husband from another large city several years prior. It was a little disconcerting to see how unhappy she was living in this rural area. While she had tried to build a life here, she didn’t ever seem settled.
That was not the best summer for me either, just months after my mother died, living here alone in a new place; far from friends and activities I enjoyed all of my life in the city.
We made a trip back to Kansas City last weekend to attend a wedding and see my mother in law for Mother’s Day.
Our visit made me realize that it just isn’t the lack of jobs that is causing America’s rural towns to die slow and many times for it’s citizens, painful deaths.
When we moved here, people would say to us, “The cost of living must be so much less.”
We knew it wasn’t on an anecdotal scale, we knew gasoline was higher even when prices were lower, as it takes twice as long to drive anywhere.
But we didn’t realize how far capitalist competition helps to drive prices down in a larger city.
When we recently visited some of our friends in Kansas City, they proudly showed off their newly remodeled kitchen. One of the first things she pointed out was her cookie sheet cabinet.
I took a new appreciation for the fact that I was at least smart enough to install one of these in Our Little House.
I don’t care how you plan, there’s always something you forget in a construction project. Our friends down the road even forgot to design a linen closet into their home although he is a builder and they’ve flipped several houses in their lives.
Wow! Thank you to everyone who participated in the comments on raising your own chickens. Marty is the winner of the book, “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Raising Chickens,” but even if you didn’t win, you can still get the book here. Marty, you need to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org by tomorrow (Thursday, June 3) at 2 p.m. CST with your contact info, including snail mail address and phone #, or I will have to draw another winner.
We were able to leave Our Little House and make a visit home this weekend, to our native Kansas City.
Dale hadn’t been back to the city since November 2008 and I hadn’t been there in a little over a year. What we learned is that you can go home again, you just have to be prepared for it to be different.
I had some research to work on for a couple of assignments. We also had lots of plans for this weekend that included seeing a few friends, taking walks from our hotel, The Raphael, to the Country Club Plaza, and of course, eating at some of our old favorite haunts.