Growing up in DeKalb County, AL, was perhaps the best place I could have been raised. I had the good fortune of living near a large woods, which wasn't too far from steep bluffs and a couple of small caves. From the time I was seven years old, perhaps a bit younger, I spent a lot of time exploring those woods, the open fields and pastures, and ever expanding my imagination.
Living in a suburban area now is difficult. I miss the nature walks, the quiet mornings where all you can hear are the birds and insects, and the absence of heavy traffic. I miss being able to go outside and not be quartered into a small yard with houses on every side of me. I also miss seeing the stars. I would have never thought that all the street lights would have such a negative impact on stargazing, but they do obscure the view.
Now, if I wish to do either, I have to drive about forty minutes or more to find the luxury of nature and all she offers. I hope to soon be able to find a house nearer to the countryside again.