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It's What We Do

Posted Sunday, February 10, 2008, at 8:49 AM

"It's what we do" is a statement I've heard repeatedly since we moved to Nebraska. The first time the statement came up was at the farms sale completion. We got to visiting about things to do in Nebraska and when high school sports came up, I was told that when it comes to supporting the local team..."It's what we do".

I heard the same words uttered about keeping and eye out for your neighbors place when they are gone on vacation or otherwise away from home..."It's what we do". The same words came out when I was visiting with one of my farming neighbors about what I don't recall at the moment, but "It's what we do" was the ending of the sentence being spoken at the time as if to let me know exactly what is and what to expect in the future.

Being told "It's what we do" is the perfect way to let newcomers like us know how it is, and how it's going to be. Learning what area residents do is part of our indoctrination into a rural lifestyle, and we're finding that the community while geographically large, is tightly knit with common goals and interests. It's what you do here.

I hadn't heard the statement "It's what we do" until I got to southwestern Nebraska, but now that I've heard it a few times and I'm starting to understand all that it means, I look forward to the day when I can honestly say to someone..."It's what we do".

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