We started our morning driving and it was a unique contrast from our current living situation in Taiwan. As we are driving from Fargo to Cooperstown, it went from somewhat busy to extremely quiet. I never truly thought about what we actually did. We went from a rural community to a big bustling city. We went to barely having an traffic, getting annoyed when it takes you an hour and 40 minutes to get from Fargo to Cooperstown instead of an hour and half. Then moving to Hsinchu, Taiwan; an area where you can't go 2 seconds without having a car, a scooter, a bike, a bus or a person pass by you. Where you should be able to get anywhere in the city in less then 20 minutes it just that the traffic at times slows you down and it might take you longer to get places because you have traffic, lights and various forms of transportation that you have to avoid hitting.
I actually miss this drive and the quietness of not seeing a car for miles. Being able to see for miles in any which direction and seeing a variety of different clouds float by in the sky. When I was experiencing this for the four years that I lived in Cooperstown I was impatient with how long it took to get places. I missed the trees, and mountains (which we would see when we drove down the river valley and flow the river) and I missed being able to drive 25 minutes and get to a mall. Now I miss the quiet, the millions of stars that twinkle in the sky and just the journey when we traveled as a family. Talking about our dreams and our daily lives as we traveled down to Fargo.
The kids were SO tired and it didn't take long into our journey before they gave into sleep. They were very excited to see the cattle and the flowers and grass. Little N talked about memories he had from Cooperstown and the surrounding area. Driving around he talked about how he pet a cow, played on the grass and had a water balloon fight in his old backyard. He talked about our old church and the people that we knew in Cooperstown. For me it was kind of hard listening to him remember because I wonder at times who his friends would have been and think about the things we gave up to come over to Taiwan. The big backyard, the cousins who only lived an hour and 45 minutes away, the ability to ride a bike and play outside without needing to worry that your kids are going to be run over.
Rural life at it's best.