When we decided to move from Ohio to Nebraska, we realized that to people we knew in Ohio and Indiana, Nebraska seemed very far away. We heard jokes about how we were moving to the frontier and were we going to live in a sod house? We suddenly noticed how many tv shows chose Nebraska as a character’s home state when they wanted to portray him or her as being from the middle of nowhere.
I sorta understand that. When we started thinking about moving, we had to get out a map to see exactly which of the big, rectangular states Nebraska was. (I’m not completely sure I can find it today on an unlabeled map, but don’t tell anyone that!). Having read every pioneer book available in the school library as a child, I could imagine Nebraska as a wide, rolling prairie dotted here and there by weather-beaten old houses.
However, one trip out here proved that many of those stereotypes aren’t really true. I mean, we take some pretty modern modes of transportation.
We have plenty of up-to-date highways.
Joke after joke about living in a sod home. Come on, you guys. You know that we have regular houses out here, right?
Our children have become rather style-conscious after moving here. They’ve always got to have the most up-to-date fashions.
And out here in the wild West, we have modern-day forms of communication.
Churches here are remarkably trendy.
Of course, I’m being sarcastic. We took all of those pictures on our vacation to Scott’s Bluff and Chimney Rock. Our house looks very similar to the house we had in Cincinnati, and the town reminds me of my hometown in Indiana with some exceptions like fast food, a mall, and more amenities. People here go to college and work in offices and have lives just like people back where we came from. It’s not that much different.
However, in this part of the country we do have one thing I have never seen back home.