Wisdom Comes Suddenly


June 16th, 2010 · 3 Comments

The Midwest is funny, because you can live in a mid-size city, or spend a few days in Chicago, and you think…the Midwest could be anywhere.  It’s just as current as anyplace else, despite the naysayers who rattle off comments like, “Ugh…the Midwest.  I could never live there.”  I’m left thinking, “Why?  What’s so different about Indiana?  Are we just too nice? Don’t you like friendly people? ” I’ve lived all over the place, and I’ve found that the only thing that separates the Midwest from anyplace else is the traffic.  WE DON’T HAVE ANY.

And then, as I was pulling out of my favorite strawberry picking field, I passed this barn.  My entire childhood flashed before my eyes.  I was immediately thrown back to wonderful memories of playing in barns with my cousins and designing entire wars around hay bales.  Some things really don’t change around here.  No one has improved upon the concept of “the barn” in a long, long time.  A proper barn should be filled with rusty what-nots and cans half full of toxic jigamapoo.  This barn, in it’s rundown state, is absolutely perfect, John Deere tractor and all.

Maybe Indiana isn’t for everyone.  That’s OK.  We don’t want everyone.  Too much traffic.  And if there’s one thing you don’t want, it’s tractors on the roads AND a lot of traffic.  Ee-gads…that would muck up all the works, wouldn’t it?   Share your favorite barn story, if you have one…unless it’s X-rated.  Folks, listen up now…this is a family blog.  Keep it clean.  You don’t need to feign shock and surprise for me that I suggested you got flirtatious in a barn; I grew up in a small Indiana town, and we had A LOT of Sadie Hawkins dances, held in A LOT of barns.  There’s nothing more sexy than a bunch of people in matching flannel on a hayride.  Unless you are not Midwestern, in which case you are probably horrified, and I have just reinforced your deeply held belief that you will never live in the Midwest.

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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Stephanie // Jun 17, 2010 at 8:17 am

    Oh my, I’m cracking up! I started thinking of some nice childhood barn story and then I got to the last paragraph. Hilarious! Way too may BSU “Barn Dance” memories came rushing back. EEK!

    I too, love living in the midwest! I don’t miss the traffic jams in Phoenix, or the heat, or the brown brown brown, or the not as friendly as Hoosiers people. I’ll take 4 seasons, cornfields, real grass, and Hoosier hospitality every day of the year please!

  • 2 The Momma // Jun 17, 2010 at 11:06 am

    Amen Stephanie! I lost count of the number of Bostonians who asked me, “You’re not from here, are you?” Nope. And man, people think Indiana is cold. Try living in Boston!

  • 3 Grandma // Jun 17, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    I don’t know where people get the idea IN is cold. We have all seasons. Believe me, at the end of a long hot summer you are ready for a colorful fall. Compared to Chicago, Boston, yes Muncie IN is small, but as small towns go, it isn’t really that small around 70,000. Compared to big cities that is small. I love IN in the Spring, Summer and Fall. Not to keen on Jan Feb, Mar. Good place to grow up. Grandma