Dirt Roads

Attributed to Paul Harvey

Subject: Dirt Roads
What's mainly wrong it society today is that too many Dirt Roads have
been paved.  There's not a problem in America today--crime, drugs,
education, divorce, delinquency--that wouldn't be remedied if we just
had more Dirt Roads, because Dirt Roads give character.
People who live at the end of Dirt Roads learn early on that life is a
bumpy ride.  That it 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.
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 rob or rape, if they knew they'd be
welcomed by 5 barking dogs & a double barrel shotgun.  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, & motorists were more
courteous; they didn't tailgate by riding the bumper or the guy in front
would choke you with dust & bust your windshield with rocks.
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 & the Dirt
Road got washed out?  That was the best part; then you stayed home & had
some family time, roasted marshmallows & popped popcorn & pony rode on
Daddy's shoulders & 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
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 &
pull them out.  Usually you got a dollar . . . always you got a new
friend . . . at the end of a Dirt Road.
-- Paul Harvey --

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