Most of you don't know this, but there is a community in Colorado called South Main and I long to live there. It's a brand-spanking-new New Urbanist development in the town of Buena Vista and it's right on the Arkansas River just a few miles from the Collegiate Peaks. Someday, when my kids' schooling and my husband's job are not part of the equation, maybe I will respond to that longing and move in. Until then, I stalk them. I have a postcard sketch of the community on the wall above my desk. I receive their monthly newsletters via email and read every word. I even read the kayak team's blog. I've walked the dusty new streets of South Main and stared in wonder at the piles of river rock everywhere that they've pulled from the ground and are now using to build houses, streets, and walls. When Scott and I look at the houses for sale in South Main, my heart races...yes, I'm in love. Or I'm obsessed. Or something.
Anyway, this month's newsletter included an article that convinced me that South Main is my spot. As if I wasn't already convinced. I mean, the farmer's markets, the river park out the back door, the wilderness right down the road...I could live there and love it. But when I read the article about The Hunt, I knew that what I'm feeling for this city isn't just infatuation. The article is a better explanation of my recently re-thought views of hunting than I could write myself. I used to abhor hunting. I saw big dumb men posing with big dumb guns holding up deer with big antlers and then dragging the deer to the platform hanging off of their big dumb trucks and driving them back to Kansas City. I thought it was for neanderthals. I don't even shop at Wal-Mart, how could I possibly hunt? Or approve of it? I thought I was too sophisticated. Why hunt when one can buy meat at a supermarket? Last January, Michael Pollan changed my mind. I'm evolving, but it seems like de-evolving. What's that called? The opposite of evolution is...? Devolution? Anyway, I'm changing slowly, but I think I'm making my way toward hunting.
Enough of my nonsense. Just read the article.