Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Rural America

As I was cruising along Highway 96 in middle Tennessee this morning, I was reminded of how similar America looks when you're on the back roads. No matter where I am, it seems like rural America looks pretty similar...barns, fields of crops, diners in shacks, old businesses that went under a few years back, farm homes, barbed wire fences, and a variety of other tell-tale signs of being in the country. Do all the folks who grow up in rural America share fairly similar backgrounds, or does it vary as much as it probably does from one city to another? Random thoughts on a rainy day in middle Tennessee.

3 comments:

Patrick said...

It's funny how similar Nebraska is to Tennessee. I'll be driving around between Wahoo and Omaha and I could swear that I'm in Dickson or Franklin. Omaha and Nashville are basically the same city.

I'll be out your way April 29-March 1 to watch the NFL Draft with some friends in Nashville. Maybe we can find some time to get together.

Rebekah said...

I think it's a leap to assume anything about people's backgrounds just because the places where they grew up look the same on a drive through. Cities look just as similar if you just drive through them. Places can look alike through the car window; but once you're out of the car, every place is unique and everyone's experience of those places is unique as well.

noell said...

i love diners in shacks...

it's funny how things are different yet still the same... i've always found that about people and places... part of my love/hate relationships for people and places are based of the ways i'm reminded of other folks and places by them (did that make any sense?)