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        07-16-2010, 11:30 AM
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    I was born and raised on a farm and by age 10, I had gotten charged by a bull. Then I went to visit my aunt in Florida...never again. I was looking aorund so much that I would trip on a daily bases and clothes that we find cool in the country(cut off shorts)were like non -exsistent there. It was ackward. Though I don't know anybody like those city kids you were talking about, I do know some people who think an egg is a dairy product. We just live way to far out in the boonies to know any city kids lol.
         
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        07-16-2010, 11:47 AM
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    Foal
    Luckily where I live, it is basically countryside in the middle of nowhere in northern minnesota. I live by 3 cow farms and my neibors have a big farm of their own. (we live in this sort of community of finnish and norwegian agriculture farmers, cow farmers, and hobby farms.) I don't have to put up with the whiny city kids who scream whenever a bug flys within sight and compare how many bars their cell phones are getting. One time the neibors had company over and wanted to help bottle feed the baby cows and so I went over to watch. They were from the city and they were all like OMG it smells! And I didnt know the babies drank milk! I thought they ate plants! And look! The chickens are eating the ground! The owners had to politely explain how they were eating chicken feed and how most babies drink milk and everything. It scared me a little. There are those families that all the kids have their cell phones and ipods and sit inside and watch tv! I've seen 7 year olds with cell phones! My parents thought that was ubsurd! (as we have skype on my fathers work computer as our means of communication) there is nothing wrong with comming up with ways to improve life but it gets to a point when its too much! Some people need to get outside more and learn about animals and the outdoors instead of how to beat the next video game level.
    Please excuse my long rant
         
        07-16-2010, 12:49 PM
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    Yearling
    Coming from the UK I hear stories that are similar - once we heard of a shop selling peas in the pod, a shopper was overhead saying that they have seen them frozen and in cans but what idiot decided to put them in these stupid things.

    I have also heard of a tourist asking the guide why they built Windsor castle so close to Heathrow Airport !
         
        07-16-2010, 01:44 PM
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    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by Nutty Saddler    
    Coming from the UK I hear stories that are similar - once we heard of a shop selling peas in the pod, a shopper was overhead saying that they have seen them frozen and in cans but what idiot decided to put them in these stupid things.

    I have also heard of a tourist asking the guide why they built Windsor castle so close to Heathrow Airport !

    :O

    Oh my lord, these were both adults?
         
        07-16-2010, 02:38 PM
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    Originally Posted by Poco1220    
    I just wonder when we go into the city and go "Wow! Look how tall that building is!" "Look at all the people!" etc. If they don't wonder if we are missing out on things and giving us that eye roll too???
    I am certain they do. And I am sure that we are missing out on some things, like public transportation and being able to walk everywhere, stores and people, shows and such.

    Children don't get to decide how or where they live, it's up to the parents to give them as many fundamentals and to share all of the knowledge and experiences as they can.

    I don't think "city kids" are unlucky, or even missing out so much as just living a different life then us. I think I would hate the city, but I've never lived there... so I don't know that for sure...

    Sometimes I would love to order a pizza and have it delivered though...
         
        07-16-2010, 03:46 PM
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    Originally Posted by farmpony84    
    I am certain they do. And I am sure that we are missing out on some things, like public transportation and being able to walk everywhere, stores and people, shows and such.

    Children don't get to decide how or where they live, it's up to the parents to give them as many fundamentals and to share all of the knowledge and experiences as they can.

    I don't think "city kids" are unlucky, or even missing out so much as just living a different life then us. I think I would hate the city, but I've never lived there... so I don't know that for sure...

    Sometimes I would love to order a pizza and have it delivered though...
    Good post! I've seen kids come into the country from cities and I've gone into the city from the country and I'm stumbling aorund in amazement...how did they get all these buildings so close together? Its not that they're really missing anything, its just a different lifestyle. Whereas if I want some milk, I get it right from the bulk tank. Want an egg, head to the hen house. Need some meat, send a steer to be butchered. We amke our own sausage, we cut up our own deer, I've seen everything that I believe is important. But when we're driving through the city and we're in a round-a-bout or ahve to use public transportation...I'm lost.
         
        07-16-2010, 05:16 PM
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    Today I was amazed at wal-mart.... I saw canned potatoes!!! I was like wha?? Why would you ever need canned potatoes!!
         
        07-16-2010, 05:22 PM
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    Yearling
    One thing that I have however noticed in my country, not sure if it happens in yours too.

    Children from the countryside tend to be a tad more mature. I guess it's because along with any kids daily tasks (clean your room, do your homework, wash the dishes) probably come the outdoor chores which are more complex.

    I also noticed how well mannered some of them are. Even if (or especially if?..) they come from poor families, where everyone has to struggle to make sure a decent dinner will be on the table.
    As for city children, honestly I start seeing more and more hysterical and depressed children.

    There was a study made in Romania. Apparently the average time that a parent spend with their child in urban areas is only 1 hour per day. 60 minutes

    I am trampling over my own city..ness (is this a word?) when trying to make myself useful at the horse shelter or simply at someone's yard. I'm full of good intentions lol but...
    - if I approach a horse I end up on the wrong side
    - if I try to milk a cow nothing happens - except the cow gets irritated and swooshes me away with her tail
    - it took me 10 long minutes to catch a chicken, it took 2 minutes to catch the same chicken to a 6 (SIX!) years old little boy.

    And so on.

    However, I think it's one thing not to be familiar with public transport and another thing to think that peas grow on cans :/
         
        07-16-2010, 08:03 PM
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    Originally Posted by inaclick    
    Few months ago a coleague told me something about a kindergarten kid. The teacher asked them to draw some chicks
    The kid drew some errr...frozen grill chicken. When question, he defended explaining that's how chicken looks like.

    I did giggle when I heard that, but it's getting scary. A volonteer from the shelter told me that in the weekend when they do pony rides in the parks some kids ask "is this a real horse? Is this horse alive?" when touching the animals.

    I am a city kid too. But I did have the opportunity to have grandparents who lived in the countryside, it's only now that I realize how much this helped.

    One of Animal Planet's spotlight ads show a farm in the middle of a city that preserves some rare breeds of domestic animals and also welcomes children to visit. Most of them have no idea how a goat or a turkey look like, alive.

    Honestly I find it awfully weird and worrying for a child not to know how a goat looks like, or to think that apples grow in refrigerators.

    Have you met such cases as well?
    It's really scary! I try really hard to understand it from different angles, but I hate cities, I hate everything about them. I live now in a town of 300,000 people and it drives me CRAZY. My first trip to a city is when I was 16, we went to Louisville for a school trip. I think Louisville is a nice city compared to trashy places like DC, St. Louis, Chicago, etc. but at the time I was horrified of how big the buildings are, there were so many cars, random strangers just walking around everywhere?! Really?! Who wants to live like that! Then we spent a week in DC and I seriously would have rather hung myself.. I HATED every minute of it and I even tried to enjoy it. We went for a few days to the mountains in Virginia and I felt so at peace and at home...

    But when you look at it from someone else's viewpoint, they can't imagine driving thirty miles to the nearest Wal Mart or being able to stand in the middle of the highway and see all of the four roads leading out of town (without getting hit by a car).. They can't imagine a town without a stop light.. I mean to us this is no biggy, it's totally normal and comfortable.. To them.. Well..

    On a side note I love the look on my three year old's face when I tell him we ate a fish for dinner.. He caught a fish the other day and I said "Do you want to eat it?" And he's like "Yahhh!!!" Hehehehhehe! I'm making a little carnivore out of him. :)
         
        07-16-2010, 08:15 PM
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    Originally Posted by inaclick    
    One thing that I have however noticed in my country, not sure if it happens in yours too.

    Children from the countryside tend to be a tad more mature. I guess it's because along with any kids daily tasks (clean your room, do your homework, wash the dishes) probably come the outdoor chores which are more complex.

    I also noticed how well mannered some of them are. Even if (or especially if?..) they come from poor families, where everyone has to struggle to make sure a decent dinner will be on the table.
    As for city children, honestly I start seeing more and more hysterical and depressed children.

    There was a study made in Romania. Apparently the average time that a parent spend with their child in urban areas is only 1 hour per day. 60 minutes

    I am trampling over my own city..ness (is this a word?) when trying to make myself useful at the horse shelter or simply at someone's yard. I'm full of good intentions lol but...
    - if I approach a horse I end up on the wrong side
    - if I try to milk a cow nothing happens - except the cow gets irritated and swooshes me away with her tail
    - it took me 10 long minutes to catch a chicken, it took 2 minutes to catch the same chicken to a 6 (SIX!) years old little boy.

    And so on.

    However, I think it's one thing not to be familiar with public transport and another thing to think that peas grow on cans :/
    I've noticed this too. I went into the city and some girl was making fun of me cause I couldn't afford a lot. I finally told her, "I may not have money but obviously your money didn't buy you class. And my parents always taught me it wasn't appropriate to talk about money in public." She kept her mouth closed after that. I think like, you said, a lot of the work we do requires us to be responsible and mature. You can't be goofing around when you're up in the hay mow. I've assisted on many surgeries with my vet and he told me that he would never trust a city kid to be responsible enough to help him.
         

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