Fly Over States


Today I had opportunity to run to Lamar, MO, just a hop, skip and jump over the state line from us.  The sky was so bright and sunny!  The warmth coming in the window was nice, especially on a chilly January morning.  The above picture was taken this morning near the border of MO and KS, on the MO side.

I saw the trails in the sky and thought about how so many people fly over us in the middle of the country.  We're called "fly over" states.  People really miss out on what's down here on the ground when they're travelling across country, big city to big city.

For instance, they miss out on the new calves jumping around and butting heads, playing with one another in the pasture close to their mothers.  They miss seeing young goats bouncing around in the barnyard, some of them with little pajamas on (it's not just on YouTube!!)  It's not easy to see individual geese on the pond from a few thousand feet in the air.  They miss seeing the little things that make rural life interesting.

Granted there are good reasons to fly over us in the middle--it's much faster than driving.  You don't get stuck behind the tractor.  No foul odors passing the pig farm.  But, there's so much more on the ground that people miss out on.

In an airplane, you don't get to take a quick trip through the square in a little bitty town like ours.  You don't get a chance to step into a locally owned diner and fill up on home cooked meals.  You miss out on smelling the sweet air flowing in on the breeze across the fields, the fragrance of flowers mixing with fresh mowed hay.

When you get a chance, drive through some of the "fly over" states, and enjoy a trip you'd not get to have in an airplane.  Enjoy the sunshine and pretty blue skies from below, say hi to Bessie in the pasture, and take life just a little bit slower. :)


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