I tend to say so
Some people have been in the Ozarks so long I guess they don’t see its beauty and they leave junk and trash and it makes me mad and I tend to say so. I don’t like the chicken factories and all the crap they spread on the fields that ends up in the rivers and lakes and I tend to say so. I don’t like that so much of the population here doesn’t have healthcare and I tend to say so. I don’t like the coal fired power plant industry actively trying to squash energy innovations and I tend to say so.
Loretta asked me why I complain so much about where we live. An apology was wholeheartedly given and then a mental inventory was done of the times I’ve been derogatory–>pretty often. Loretta and I live here. This has always been her home. Loretta’s stories of life growing up in the Ozarks make me laugh; what a wonderful time she has had.
I grew up on military bases. As a teen I worked in a restaurant where we wore nametags stating our name and where we were from. Mine said, I was from Don and Barbara. (my parents). Growing up on military bases was fun. Like small towns except no one is actually from there.
I asked one of the doctors Loretta and I work with why people around here whoot so much. They don’t whoot on airbases, although they salute often. In return, he asked me if I’d ever been so happy that I just wanted to holler out my joy. I decided to try whooting and now I find myself enjoying a good whoot now and then.
I actually love it here and Loretta is one of the reasons why. We have conversations about dreams, pasts, kids, parents, our fold. Loretta doesn’t easily allow anyone in to her fold and I am privileged to be in it. Her wit cracks me up and she lives her faith. Many people around here talk faith talk, she exemplifies her faith and doesn’t have to talk it.
We are inquisitive and have had engaging conversations about our different pasts. Her children and her family are her center. Family picnics and summers at the creek or the lake. I love that. She inspires me to see what is in front of me and never complains or says a bad thing about another person or place. I’m embarrassed that I have dissed her home.
Being accepting is the best way to heal this sore world. Accepting various religions and ethnicities. Deserts, mountains, beaches, cold vs hot climates. It is a good thing we don’t all like the same things or we’d all be piled up in Lorettas town.
but why would someone come to a beautiful place like this and leave trash. It makes me mad and I tend to say so.