We live very rurally, and everyone out here likes to keep to themselves, so we very carefully titrate our interactions with our neighbors. We all like to be neighborly, but we don’t want to be trapped into some social whirl where we have to see each other too often, or entertain regularly. It’s an interesting dance to watch: newcomers attempt to be social, holding dinners and inviting everyone, and then after a time routinely and decidedly pull in, like a whelk into its shell, not emerging for several months or a year.

We had a few neighbors in last night. It was great, but that’ll do it for this year. It is not the anonymity of the city (which is wonderful, in my opinion, as much as we lament it as a sign of degrading civilization) but it is our own way of maintaining the aloneness that all who choose to live here need.



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