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Running Head CITY SLICKER City Slicker Longing for the Country Life Jennifer Robinson ENG 121 Professor Deborah Zeringue January 21 2013 CITY SLICKER 2 City Slicker Longing for the Country Life There are very few places in my city where I can go and find true tranquility There is a small country town about 40 minutes outside of Houston called Katy My family for generations has been born and raised there Katy is one of the most serene places that I have ever visited I can remember when the town was nothing more than rows of houses surrounded by woods and livestock Now the town has been able to transform yet still keep its welcome home appeal by merging countryliving pace with big city convenience Even though the population has grown since I spent the summers of my youth there Katy is still one of the best places to go to get away from the hustle and bustle of city living From the picturesque views tight knit community environment and the calm sounds that envelope you at any given time The best time to visit Katy or the country as we city folks like to call it is during the spring The trees are in full bloom and the multicolored fields of owers look as though they are beckoning you to take off your shoes and frolic through them Across the street from the little red wooden house where my mother was raised is a field that is full of lush bushes that host the world s plumpest red and blackberries One of the most fascinating views that I have ever seen outside of a photo was when I would ride my bike down to the lake and watch the sunset Sitting along the calm edge of the murky water it looked as though heaven and earth were merged That is one of my favorite things about visiting the country there is breathtaking scenery all around you As a child there were things that I could experience only in the country One of the main reasons my mother wanted her children to spend time in Katy was because of the neighborly feel CITY SLICKER 3 of the community She knew that when we were there we could explore without her having to worry whether or not we were safe Katy is one of those places where you can leave your front door unlocked and not have to fret about your house being ransacked I remember being able to City Slicker Longing for the Country Life ride my bike from one end of town to the other and never having to worry about anyone bothering me as I enjoyed the crisp warm breeze as I paddled along Katy is a place where everyone knows each other so you can always count on your neighbors to be there to lend a helping hand when it is needed Have you ever had one of those CDs that played the sounds of nature That is kind of what a night in Katy is like I usually fall asleep to music playing but when I am in the country all I have to do is open a window and I am hummed to sleep by the sounds of crickets and soft wooing of owls in the distances The morning brings the sounds of the birds singing their morning songs and the wind rustling through the trees I never realized how much I long for the soothing sounds of nature until I am standing in the middle of downtown Houston with buses zooming and horns blaring While Katy has seen a burst of new life to its city center with the building of a mall and major grocery store chains it is still one of the most serene places to visit because of its amazing views community feel and relaxing sounds I cannot wait until I have a few days to steal away to my home away from home I miss having a nice cool glass of sweet tea on the porch of my grandparents house on a sweltering summer day and being able to see into the vast unknown on the brisk autumn nights When I am old enough to retire I know exactly where I want to be in CITY SLICKER Katy away from the hustle and bustle of my former life because truthful I am a country girl trapped in a city girls surroundings
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