Yeah, but tip your hat the wrong way or look too rich and see what happens in the "burbs" with this ever changing culture and section 8 government housing."Suburbs"? Where I grew up, "suburbs" was something we referred to with that peculiar disdain that country folk have for city folk.
My school was in the next county over...and even then my graduating class was all of 42 people. Where I lived, if someone lives five miles away, they're considered your neighbor. There wasn't much to do there, either. My summers consisted of taking a fishing pole (which was sometimes just an honest-to-goodness bamboo cane pole) down the gravel road (which I often walked barefoot) to the bayou (which is what we called the local drainage ditches, as opposed to the real bayous down in Louisiana) to catch catfish, bream, or crappie. I grew up with a cotton field on the east border of our acre and a soybean field on the southern border, and another cotton field across the road to the west.
There's a Southern Baptist church about five miles away - my family's direct line is buried there going all the way to the 1870's. I have VERY deep roots (as far as we Americans are concerned) in the MS Delta. The words in parentheses, btw, are because there's many places in Europe and Asia where a family that's only been around for 150 years is still considered somewhat of a "newcomer".
"Suburbs"? Where I grew up, that would have been an insult - and might have gotten you a fat lip.
And I was conservative in the OLD meaning of conservative - do for yourself and yours, be trustworthy, be there for your neighbors when they need you most, and reach out to help those who weren't as fortunate. Every year that rolled around, we'd give out bushels of vegetables from our garden to those who might otherwise go hungry.
Come to think of it, given that definition, I'm still conservative. The only real differences between how I was raised and what I believe now is that I believe we should listen to the scientists, and I'm much more tolerant of those who don't look like or believe as I do.
I suggest that next time, maybe, just maybe you should refrain from ASSUMING you know what kind of life the other person's led. I haven't made any assumptions about you - perhaps you shouldn't make assumptions about mine.