1. Your twelve year-old daughter comes home from Safety Day at school with a package of goodies that contain ear plugs (for using when shooting a gun or running heavy farm machinery), scads of fliers on West Nile Virus, brochures from a farmers' life insurance company and a Buck knife catalogue.
2. Regardless of how hard you work to correct her, your nine year-old pronounces "hundred" as "hunnerd."
3. The 'possums walk back and forth under the porch swing late at night while you're sitting out enjoying the quiet. If you put out cat food, you can pet them.
4. Your elderly neighbor shows up asking if you'd like a turkey if he gets one this season, and then tells you if he sees one out of season, he'll bring that by, too.
5. He does this because you stopped last month to see if you could help him get his wayward cow back in the field (and off the road), and he's appreciative.
6. Rain falls steadily in your front yard, but the sky in your back yard is perfectly clear.
7. You begin finding ticks in February and March.
8. You are captured in conversation with an intense kindergartener who tells you more about running a hog operation than most adults could ever begin to imagine. And much more than you really wanted to know.
9. Your grandmother and your father both kept skunks as pets when they were kids.
10. Every morning when you open your eyes and look out the window, you are certain there is no more beautiful place on earth.