I believe that one of the primary benefits of raising kids in the country is that they have no choice but to become best friends.
City kids run out to play with their friends after school. Country kids ride the bus home and have only their siblings and an animal or two to befriend. City kids have long summers of playing with their peers. Country kids rarely see their friends in the summer, so they make a special effort to get along.
As a little girl, this seemed like a tortuous arrangement to me. (I'm the short one, by the way.)
As I age, I realize what a precious gift it was to be close to my siblings.
Most friendships are fleeting. Brothers and sisters are irreplaceable.
Teaching my children the value of siblings is futile. They have to discover it for themselves.
I think they're learning.