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I like going out to the lease on most weekends. It’s quiet and slower paced out there, and it’s a nice break.
I like for my girlfriend to come with me, but I feel like I have to make it up to her that we spend so much time out there, because I don’t think she enjoys it like I do. She sits around at the cabin reading books and stuff. And I know she’s a good sport about it, but I’m not sure how much of one I can be about some of her weird concerts and bookstores.
Got any pointers for a guy?
I think you might ought to consider what you said, here. She sits around readin’ at the cabin, and you’re sayin’ she goes to bookstores… maybe she enjoys the time out there in the quiet about the same as you do?
Sometimes a woman likes the same place, just not for the same reason, and her bein’ quiet ain’t bad, but just the results of her bein’ happy.
And sayin’ she’s a good sport about goin’ with you, but you don’t know how much of one you can be… man, there’s a couple ways to look at there, too. If you can’t be a good sport, you could let her go with her friends, or by herself. Readin’ ain’t exactly a team activity, and there’s no reason to make her unhappy at a concert she’d otherwise enjoy because you can’t be a good sport.
Otherwise, it might seem like a crazy thought… but did you consider just askin’ her about all of it?
I’m worried that my kids are growing up without enough influence from the outdoors. I grew up on a ranch, and had to pitch in with chores, learn about the outdoors, and know how to handle them, too. We live in town, and I don’t feel like my kids quite understand things like why the rules are what they are at the ranch.
Does it just take experience?
Part of it is just experience, or a lack of it. Kids don’t know what they ain’t learned, and your kids have learned about life in town instead of life in the country.
It doesn’t have to be true that city kids are soft or any of that junk somebody might tell you, but they won’t know what they don’t get taught.
If you want your kids to know about life in the country, workin’ on a ranch, or any of that, you’ll need to make sure they get time to learn it. If they haven’t even seen a snake, it’s pretty hard for you to make ’em understand what there is to respect or be scared of.
If you’re not showin’ ’em what the work is really like, they don’t get what you’re talkin’ about, plain and simple.