Dirt Roads

Dirt roads are almost a thing of the past

 

The following was shared with me by email from my cousin, Bill Goodpasture and his wife Janice, who now live in Florida. I liked it and you may like it as well. Itís entitled "Dirt Roads".

What's mainly wrong with society today is that too many Dirt Roads have been paved. There's not a problem anywhere today, crime, drugs, education, divorce, delinquency that wouldn't be remedied, if we just had more Dirt Roads, because Dirt Roads give character.

People that live at the end of Dirt Roads learn early on that life is a bumpy ride, one that can jar you right down to your teeth sometimes. But it's worth it, if at the end is home...a loving spouse, happy kids, a dog, and a few cats.


We wouldn't have near the trouble with our educational system if our kids got their exercise walking a Dirt Road with other kids, from whom they learn how to get along. There was less crime in our streets before they were paved.


Criminals didn't walk two dusty miles to break into someoneís home, if they knew they'd be welcomed by five barking dogs. And there were no drive by shootings. Our values were better when our roads were worse!

People did not worship their cars more than their kids, and motorists were more courteous. They didn't tailgate by riding another personís bumper, or the guy in front would choke you with dust or else a stray rock might crack your windshield. Dirt Roads taught patience.
 

Dirt Roads were environmentally friendly. You didn't hop in your car for a quart of milk you walked to the barn for your milk. For your mail, you walked to the mail box.
 

What if it rained and the Dirt Road got washed out? That was the best part, then you stayed home and had some family time, roasted marshmallows and popped popcorn and pony rode on Daddy's shoulders and learned how to make prettier quilts than anybody. At the end of Dirt Roads, you soon learned that bad words tasted like soap.
 

Most paved roads lead to trouble, Dirt Roads more likely lead to a fishing creek or a swimming hole. At the end of a Dirt Road, the only time we even locked our car was in August, because if we didn't some neighbor would fill it with too much squash.

At the end of a Dirt Road, there was always extra springtime income, from when city dudes would get stuck, you'd have to hitch up a team and pull them out. Usually you got a dollar...always you got a new friend...at the end of a Dirt Road!

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