Solo, I didn’t exactly grow up in the “country,” it being the SF Bay Area, but we lived in about the wildest neighborhood up in the high hills above Oakland. I spent the first eighteen years of my life in the same house with the same parents. I can’t imagine the childhood you describe, and I’m glad that you’ve apparently survived and found your creativity. With global warming increasing each year, we haven’t had the kind of snow in the past couple of years that we experienced previously. Be careful about going too close to the ocean shore, or to a low altitude, as those places will probably be flooded in the not too far off future, if things keep going as they have been. All of this makes me glad I’m old and won’t have to witness the end of life on earth as we know it. I wish you the best, and hope you find what you are seeking.