2017 September Challenge: Back Where I Come From – Day 3


For more information on this challenge, click here.

3. Were you raised in a town/city or in a rural area? Do you live in the same type of place now?

I have a mixed bag here.  I was born in the city limits and spent most of my childhood in the city limits of Anderson. The summer that I turned 13, Daddy bought property in the rural area of Anderson County in a little place called Starr.

No, I don’t live in the same type of place now. This place is considered a rural area, but we live in the city limits of a small Texas town. I much prefer the type of “rural” that I grew up in – out in the country!

Please join the challenge by either sharing a link to your challenge post in the comments or answering in the comment section. Please visit David’s post over at Random Thoughts and Observations.

Please visit these other challenge participants, too!

Just Simply Linda

Obsolete Childhood

Ramblings of a Writer


Thoughts from Rosebud Lane

Have a blessed day!

About Suzanne Gunter McClendon

I am a South Carolina native, but have been living on the Texas Gulf Coast for 14 years now. David and I have been married for 34 years. Our children are grown. Some are here at home, others are out in the big world doing their "thing". I enjoy genealogy, reading, writing, photography, digital art, fiber arts, cooking and much, much more.
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24 Responses to 2017 September Challenge: Back Where I Come From – Day 3

  1. kiwinana says:

    Hi, don’t the days fly by, the third day of September already.
    Heres my post – https://ramblingsofawriter2016.com/2017/09/03/mcclendonvilla-september-2017-challenge-day-3/

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  2. Simply Linda says:

    Mine will be up shortly

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  4. ghostmmnc says:

    Happy Sunday! Here’s my answer to Day 3 of the challenge. 🙂 http://wp.me/p3RE1e-3Az

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  5. ghostmmnc says:

    Sounds like you had a nice place to live when you were growing up. I always wanted to live on a farm, and have lots of animals…for pets only! 🙂

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    • My earliest childhood memories are of living on the mill hill and I really enjoyed life there. But, the absolute best was when we moved to the country, on our own land. I didn’t enjoy the cow poopy smell so much, but having cows for neighbors was great. 🙂

      We never had chickens or cows, but we did have two pigs that were raised for the table. I refused to eat Lenny and Squiggy after the slaughter. That is NOT my way of having friends for dinner or breakfast. I was mad at my daddy for that for I don’t know how long. I would make a horrible animals-for-food farmer. I like your idea better – pets only. 🙂

      Have a blessed day.

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      • ghostmmnc says:

        Poor Lenny and Squiggy! I’d never want that to happen, and I know some are raised for food, but still…not for me! I love the thought of having a lot of animals, but it would be so much work to take care of them.

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        • It just isn’t for me either. I wouldn’t have a problem with farming for eggs. Nobody has to die to get eggs…they aren’t baby chickens yet. And, the chicks wouldn’t become nuggets on our farm. 🙂

          Yes, it would be a tremendous amount of work. Then, when things come along like Hurricane and the flooding, what do you do? If one had a herd of any real size, you could never get them all to safety. We passed what appeared to be a dead cow in a field just outside of town yesterday. The smell was horrible, but the buzzards were very happy. There were tons of them there “visiting” that poor cow. 😦

          Have a blessed day.

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          • ghostmmnc says:

            Poor cow! I kept thinking of all the stray cats and dogs caught out in the wind and rain and flooding. I worry about our herd of cats outside when it just rains a little, and we provide shelter out there for them! Yeah, eggs are fine,killing chickens, no. I know the meat we buy in the store to eat was once a cute animal, but I try not to think about it, and we didn’t kill them, you know. I couldn’t be a vegetarian, either! 🙂

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          • Most of the time I could be a vegetarian. Probably not completely vegan, but at least a vegetarian. I can’t stand touching raw meat. When I was younger, it didn’t bother me so much, but now it makes me sick to my stomach. I feel bad when I eat it, bad the critter died to feed me and plus, it generally just makes me feel icky anyway. I don’t know why.

            While we were out riding after the waters receded, we also saw a dead Siberian husky on the side of the road. I can’t help but wonder who it belonged to and what a horrible sight to come back home to. We saw two turtles, too, but thankfully they were both alive. One was on the shoulder of the road. The other one was in the middle of our lane. I avoided hitting the turtle, but almost got the 18 wheeler that was oncoming. That was a bit tense!

            I hope that your herd of kitties will be okay, no matter what weather comes your way.

            Have a blessed day. 🙂

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  6. I just now paid attention…and think this could be fun. So, I will probably do a three in one to catch up!

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    • Thank you for joining in!
      Have a blessed day. 🙂


    • Hi Suze,

      I have tried responding to your catch-up post on your blog, but I got an error message, something about cookies and java. I don’t know how to correct that problem. I can’t remember all of my response to you, but one part was that I think it is cool that your family was one of the first residents of the town of Springfield and how sad it is that your hometown has become a crowded and crime-ridden place.
      Have a blessed day. 🙂


  7. Suzanne,

    Growing up in rural WV was nice but nothing to do, not even get a summer job. The opportunities for teenagers is practically zero. I didn’t even know what a mall was until I was in high school. I asked a girlfriend where she got her purse and she told me at the “mall” in Bristol, as in Bristol Tennessee. That’s about a two hour plus drive from back home and I thought, “WOW, how special she is to go SO far away to do back to school shopping!” Her daddy was a coal miner owner, so I had the impression they had a bit more money than others for the time.

    Anywho, I like rural, country life but I prefer being very close to the conveniences found in the city. Anytime, my in-laws went to the doctor, grocery/clothing stores, dining out, … it was a big deal, all-day thing! This would drive me insane to do. I’m happy to live in Knoxville today. 🙂

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    • Thanks for sharing this with me. Being in the boonies has both up and down sides. The down side being far away from doctors and such. We can’t be far from a hospital. As it is we’re 30 minutes to an hour away from one. Some places here in Texas are over 3 hours from a hospital. Can’t do that!

      I think if we lived somewhere that caused shopping to be an all-day event, we’d only do that once or twice a month. I don’t like shopping enough to go at it all day very often. 🙂

      I’m glad that you’re happy there in Knoxville. Have a blessed day!

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