When you live in a rural area, the word neighbor means anyone within a five-mile radius. When I'm telling a story and I reference a neighbor, it may mean the neighbor that lives three miles down my road and a mile and a half down another.

...One of my neighbors sent me an email asking if I knew why the ambulance went down my road and soon came back out past her place. I hadn't heard or seen the ambulance and had no clue. This was worrisome. She mentioned she was going out for her morning run. We both felt she'd discover who the ambulance was for, because going running, bike riding, or going for a walk are the second best ways to find out what is going on in our neighborhood. A weekly visit to the dump remains number one.

Originally published July 14, 2016 in the Crawford County Independent & Kickapoo Scout