Prairie Center: Midwesterners Speak (Part 5)
As folks know, I’ve been conducting an informal survey to get a sense for what is “quintessentially Midwestern.” Based on the previous posts and this most recent bullet list, I can’t say I have any definitive answers, but I will say I’m a lot closer to understanding the lifestyle here than I was 9 weeks ago.
What is quintessentially Midwestern?
Ceramic artist Aaron Sober wrote: “The ability to find beauty in a landscape that does not have any exclamation marks to focus on. There is only the horizon and more of what you see in front of you.”
Author Patricia Ann McNair wrote: “The assumption that someone will be willing to speak with you in an elevator.”
Metalsmith Deb Karash wrote: “Humility, practicality, and a strong work ethic.”
Painter and nanny Zoelle Fishman wrote: “Four full fledged seasons. And being nice to other people.”
Textile artist Dana Fehsenfeld wrote: “I think that saying ‘Hi’ to strangers is an inherently Midwestern trait. It seems that where ever I go I meet a couple midwesterners and we all agree.”