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By Sharon Brown on July 12, 2015

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ImageZanymuse
Jul 11, 2015 9:31 PM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
Sadly, I see a large segment of children that are deprived of nature. They are growing up in front of computers and video games. Their parents are afraid to allow them outside to play without the company of an adult and the adults are too busy to go outside with them. When you take them outside and they do not know how to play.

It is not too bad in rural areas but children in the cities are either deprived of childhoods pleasures out of fear, or they are left to roam and ignored as they become delinquents, old before their time.
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ImageSharon
Jul 11, 2015 10:01 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
I know you are right, Zany, and it's so sad. I was so excited this summer when the young man next door built a tree house, well, more like a tree patio, in the golden maple tree in their back yard. The branches of leaves are the roof. The children are 8, 6 and almost 2 so it will be used a lot I hope.

This is a rural area and this little town is really children-oriented but most of the activities are organized summer sports, things like that. It's good to see them playing in the tree house next door and doing chalk drawings down their driveway and chasing fireflies just before dark. We are a tight little community of about 2,000 people. There's a little bit of childhood fun still here. There are no other small children close by, most of us have lived here on this block for years and years. It's a really nice and safe little place to live, but others might not be as lucky and their children might not have as much safe freedom.
Imagepajonica
Jul 12, 2015 1:30 AM CST
Name: Jon
Japan, Ibaraki
I'm so glad we live in the countryside, sure the kids get muddy, fetch all sorts of critters home, occasionally fall in the drink and out of the odd tree.It has to be the perfect way to enjoy a fleeting childhood.
In Japan country folk are looked down, on (bumpkins) or equivalent Japanese. Everyone want's to live in Tokyo,Osaka,Nagoya, these folk really do consider themselves better. Darn fools! Rolling on the floor laughing
Fortune favors the brave.
Tickling is no laughing matter.
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Imagevic
Jul 12, 2015 3:36 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
I could do with all of those except for the snakes Whistling Big Grin
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ImageZanymuse
Jul 12, 2015 7:30 AM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
Jon, I am glad that you are raising "country bumpkins" Thumbs up They are the lucky ones.
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Imagevic
Jul 12, 2015 7:50 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
I'll take the country over the city any day - anytime - forever and ever Thumbs up
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Imagepajonica
Jul 12, 2015 7:17 PM CST
Name: Jon
Japan, Ibaraki
Tokyo in common with other large city's are unfriendly places, people can be next door neighbors for years and never interact at all. I on rare occasions have to travel to Tokyo and find rude people, people that would not dream of giving up their seat on a train for an elderly person, open a door for someone or simply spend the time of day just to be nice to someone. On the other hand we the (bumpkins) give up our seat (I'm 67 and still offer my seat to a lady or elderly person) well that's the way I was brought up in the countryside! I have the most wonderful neighbors here, neighbors that really care! That for me highlights the difference.
Snakes live in city's... Big Grin
Fortune favors the brave.
Tickling is no laughing matter.
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Imagevic
Jul 13, 2015 4:34 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Rolling on the floor laughing so true Jon, those snakes do live in the city Thumbs up

Good neighbors are such a blessing Lovey dubby
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ImageMaryE
Jul 16, 2015 7:40 AM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Isn't it strange how, when civilization crowds people together, they become less civilized than those of us "bumpkins".
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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ImageZanymuse
Jul 16, 2015 8:36 AM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
MaryE wrote:Isn't it strange how, when civilization crowds people together, they become less civilized than those of us "bumpkins".


That is because they are taught that to be sophisticated is always a good thing...when what they believe to be sophistication, is in reality, debasement.





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ImageSharon
Jul 16, 2015 9:37 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
I think it's more fear than sophistication and debasement, especially in areas like mine. Most Kentuckians are not sophisticated but they are distrustful and fearful of others. So the debasement and false sophistication hides what really is fear. The fear of being debased before they can debase.

Who will be first to stick a nose up in the air in utter disdain. That leads to closing doors so no one hears a cry of pain.
ImageZanymuse
Jul 16, 2015 9:54 AM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
Yes, I was thinking in terms of very large cities like Los Angeles, Oakland, San Francisco, Hollywood, which I am most familiar with. I do not see it so much in the smaller cities here on the north coast.
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ImageSharon
Jul 16, 2015 10:15 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Most people, no matter where they are, only show what they want others to perceive. Not what's really inside them.
ImageKelli
Jul 16, 2015 10:34 AM CST
Name: Kelli
California
Where summer is winter
Zanymuse wrote:Yes, I was thinking in terms of very large cities like Los Angeles, Oakland, San Francisco, Hollywood, which I am most familiar with. I do not see it so much in the smaller cities here on the north coast.


I think my job is to show that people in Los Angeles and California are just regular people. We do stuff like laundry and go to the grocery store just like everyone else. There is like zippo glamour in my life and I don't care.
ImageZanymuse
Jul 16, 2015 10:43 AM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
Sharon wrote:Most people, no matter where they are, only show what they want others to perceive. Not what's really inside them.


That reminds me of a friend who would attend wine tastings and everyone looked to her for her opinions. She would declare them to be fruity with a hint of this or that, sweet or dry, with friendly glints of pear, fig leaf and so on. She had a "nose" for it and enjoyed showing off. She hated wine and never really drank more than the required sip. Her boyfriend was constantly bragging on her sophistication. It was definitely what she wanted others to percieve. When she was away from him and his crowd, she was down to earth and fun.
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ImageZanymuse
Jul 16, 2015 10:46 AM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
Kelli wrote:

I think my job is to show that people in Los Angeles and California are just regular people. We do stuff like laundry and go to the grocery store just like everyone else. There is like zippo glamour in my life and I don't care.


That is why the large cities are so fascinating and confusing. I made some wonderful, lifelong friendships in L.A.

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ImageSharon
Jul 16, 2015 10:54 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
I don't yearn for the glamour either, Kelli.
ImageKelli
Jul 16, 2015 11:55 AM CST
Name: Kelli
California
Where summer is winter
Sharon wrote:I don't yearn for the glamour either, Kelli.


Mostly, I hate getting dressed up. Thumbs down
ImageMaryE
Jul 16, 2015 12:14 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Kelli, me too.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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Imagepajonica
Jul 16, 2015 7:32 PM CST
Name: Jon
Japan, Ibaraki
Us bumpkins sure got a good thread going here!

Being raised in rural Devon-shire in SW England I could never really adjust to city life even though as an adult I lived most of my life in London. There was always something missing for me, odd thing is I came to live in rural Japan and returned to my roots Big Grin
Fortune favors the brave.
Tickling is no laughing matter.
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