.......in a big city for 5 years and then you folks would appreciate what you have here."
It was several years ago, I was working at the Episcopal Church and the words came from a doctor who was considering moving here and had stopped at the church to be properly welcomed. I was the one who invited him and his wife to have a cup of coffee while I located the priest and I'm the one he said it to. My face immediately flamed and all I could say was "We already do appreciate what we have".
Later when I was talking to the priest about his remark he said "Why did that bother you?"
"Because many of us have lived here all our lives and put up with low wages, inferior jobs, no chances to climb up the corporate ladder much less hit the glass ceiling, and our closest place to shop is 120 miles away which means that if you really want to buy anything you have to spend two nights and three days there. And the reason we live here is because we love those beautiful mountains and desolate country. That's why we're here."
He answered as any other 40 year old would at that time "Cool!" Diane