I’ve been living the rural life for over 20 years in Southeast Stafford. After a busy day maneuvering through Northern Virginia’s new traffic patterns and consequential standstill nightmares, I consider my drive home my respite – replete with deer, heron, turtles, bunnies, turkeys, foxes, bald eagles and much more!
I wasn’t exactly a city girl. I grew up in what was originally a very rural area of Long Island in Suffolk County. From the early 60’s to the early 70’s it had become a sprawling, commuter wasteland with little “country” life around. I longed for that simple life as an adult and the tranquility and stability I remembered as a child – picking apples from my neighbor’s apple tree (and hiding there until my mother found me), gardening, chasing lightning bugs, walking barefoot, and wondering off in the woods to explore.
Moving to South Stafford in Virginia gave me that same sense of peace and quiet. While still very close to the busy suburban shopping that is Central Park and Downtown Fredericksburg, after 20 years it continues to bring me great joy. I can sit out on clear evenings and see countless stars and hear nothing but the sounds of chirping tree frogs and crickets along with the Canada geese and ducks settling in at night in our creek. Or I can sit out on a bright morning and hear the morning doves, see the regal bald eagles, or watch the majestic heron as they sail overhead. Aside from the occasional eastern coyote, snake, opossum, raccoon, and/or skunk, life here is simply sublime! I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.