There are a lot of differences between KS and MO that have come to my attention in the last few months.
Let me say that, as a young person raised in Colorado, I was always pretty hard on KS. But after more than 10 years there, it grew on me. I learned to appreciate the simple beauties and the wonderful people. We honestly felt we would never leave.
Yet, when we felt God urging us to make a change, there wasn’t too much sadness about leaving KS. For one thing, it’s flat. Real flat. One time in college I was lamenting the lack of hills and a friend said, “There’s a hill on the way to Hutch.” One hill in 30 miles. If you can call it a hill, which I don’t unless you can see it from a distance. Kansas has rises and occasional gullies, but in general it does not have hills. (OK, the Eastern part does, but we didn’t live within 2 hours of hills.)
In contrast, MO seems to be almost all hills. I find this quite nice, even though our driveway is at the bottom of a really big one. Our Home Site is against a south- facing hill, always protected from the North and West winds. Next year we’ll probably clear part of the pasture for sledding (Sledding!). And I love the local Highway driving. It’s all hills and curves. It’s like driving thru the Rockies, but without the 500 foot drops and the crumbling cliffs.
And this brings us to another point, which is that roads here have curves. In KS, country roads are straight, and usually either numbered or alphabetical. You can’t get lost, because everything is an ordered grid. This is quite helpful. The roads here in MO are numbered, too, but every time they come to one of the aforementioned curves, the number changes. You can become hopelessly lost in moments. And don’t even bother with Google Maps, because it can’t keep the numbers straight anyway.
But,if you get lost on country roads in MO, at least you’ll enjoy the scenery. There are Trees! KS can be quite lovely with its rolling fields of wheat, corn or sunflowers. But trees are few and far between. Here, there are so many trees they’re probably a nuisance to people, I predict a minimum of ten years before I get irritated by them.
Most wonderfully, probably because of all the trees and hills here, it’s not windy. In KS we used to chuckle when we would hear about poor Floridians suffering “Tropical Storms”. 50mph winds are nothing, honey. Try 70mph straight line, with a thunderstorm behind it. My roommate once got blown off the sidewalk.
But this week, sitting by the fire in our cozy trailer, we found out for sure that where we build our house the wind won’t blow. We watched 7 inches come swirling down (nothing to what they got in KS!) and the little hollow by the Oak of Righteousness was calm.
Protected by hills one 3 sides, and trees on 2 sides, it quietly, calmly accumulated snow.
Today, the only thing I miss about KS is the people I love.