Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Garland Nebraska

A couple weeks ago, we drove over to Garland to pick up some Chestnuts. Nearby the Chestnut trees was this "park like" scene across the street from the old High School building which includes colorful chickens. Having grown-up on the farm with chickens, Elaine nor I, probably don't fully appreciate them while remembering  the chicken house cleaning. Our daughter Carolyn has a good friend who lives in the country and has chickens. She has had occasion to "gather eggs" while visiting and tells us of the pleasure. We have an ordinance in Seward that allows a permit to keep up to 3 hens but no roosters. We do have one family with chickens that have been "grandfathered in" and the rooster crowing is evident (and enjoyable) while on the golf course early in the morning. Being able to have chickens in your backyard is one of the differences in Nebraska between villages and city of the 1st class. If you visit Garland, other differences that are evident is the old equipment and vehicles parked around town. It now appears that the Post Office will be closed but the town will survive. It is where I graduated from HS and played on the baseball town team for several years. There are people who enjoy a small town where they have more freedom in what they do and how they maintain their property. But, the more closely you confine people, the more you have to regulate their behavior for the common good and now there are over 7,000,000,000 of us on planet earth.

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