I love this for a number of reasons:
- The headline is about as eye-opening and newsworthy as “Autumn brings Colors and Crisp Weather,” or “Exercise, Combined with Diet, Proven to Reduce Obesity.”
- In fact, the headline — and story — could easily fit in an issue of The Onion.
- I feel like I now have a thorough account of the pros and cons of living on a farm (pros: no need to hush the children; cons: noisy roosters) vs. the city/suburbs (pros: medicine and stores; cons: noise, traffic and toxic air).
- Mmm. Copy editing:
“It has to be a very difficult life,” Smith said. “It takes a very determined and dedicated person to invest into that type of life. It must be very rewarding though or else they wouldn’t do it. We couldn’t survive without the farmers. I wish everyone had their moral character.”
Zbytowski said he what the country provides his family. He has no intentions to move to the city.
I love the piece and quiet, and I love the freedom we have,” Zbytowski said. “The kids can play outside and we don’t have to keep them hushed. They can play outside, and I can do my work uninterrupted. In town there is just to much noise and to much traffic.”
Sigh. It’s a wonder I left there able to tie my shoes.
For related stories, see 100 things to do in Alpena, MI — which happens to be my no. 1 visited post on this here blog.