"When we were informed that even though we lived right across the street from the elementary school and up the hill from the junior high school, and within walking distance to the High School, our children were going to be bused across town.
After discussing this move through the courts and with the federal officials we were informed that the children would be bused because of the federal government rules that said a certain number of red tacks on the map had to go to the school where there were a certain number of white tacks, etc.
So my husband said, “Go out and find us a ranch somewhere”...that was the beginning of the City Girl and family moving to the Country. After trooping across valley and dale, I finally found 4 ½ acres with a house and barn to suit the whole family. Or so I thought. Talk about culture shock.
The first thing we did was take a look at the schools. Well, the kids would be bused for 1 hour to get to the junior high and high schools. The elementary was down a long dirt road through a cattle ranch and when we saw it, it was a brand new school in the middle of a farmers field. Needless to say, our children from the upper side of the city where students dressed as if they were going to church on Sunday, now had to have a wardrobe of tennis shoes, jeans and plaid shirts.
The junior high was a lean-to and the high school was the only high school in the whole district and had been there for many years. It took quite a while for our children ages, 11, 10, 5 and 1 to get used to things but it wasn’t long before our household was the place to hang out. Our neighbors (all on 4 ½ acres) put pig sties over the fences so the kids could all play. We had a large jacuzzi with an even larger deck, one neighbor had the swimming pool and horses and the other neighbor had the tennis court. So we had our own little country club in the real country."
This is the first of a series of what it is like to move from the city to the country when you have always been a city girl/city family. Just gives you a little look at how and why we moved. Each of the series will be a true story that happened to us while we lived there for the next 30 years.