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Country Living

NOVEMBER 30, 2011 | PAULA WRAY

If you grew up in the country, this life is your normal. It's only when you have a city visitor or hear a disparaging remark about rural living, that you realize the stereotypes and misunderstandings held by urbanites.

When the parents of our Fresh Air child visited, they were afraid to be left alone upstairs in my parents' home. Another time my 6'5", 300-lb Philly visitor was afraid to get out of the car on the country roads in Big Valley. The cliche characters in movies and on television make us look like mouth-breathing, inbred ignoramuses. I'd like to straighten out a few matters.