When I think of Kansas, I think of flat prairie land, wind farms, and feedlots.

Images of wheat fields, tornadoes, and scenes from “The Wizard of Oz” fill my mind. wichita botanical

As a resident of the beautiful Central Ozarks, there is a part of me which always dreads my trips to Wichita. The straight and flat roads and lack of scenery are partly depressing and frankly downright dangerous, because they nearly put me to sleep every time I make that drive.

My work requires me to travel throughout the four-state area, so this is an event which happens more often than I would choose. To be fair, the Kansans I know are some of the best people I have ever met and their state is wonderful in its own right, but I am very partial to the Ozarks’ scenic beauty!

As I always tell my kids, we must find the positive in the things we don’t like. We must always look for the silver lining in life to keep a positive attitude. As my grandmother used to say, things could be worse.

In defense of Wichita itself, they have received their fair share of jabs. Have you ever seen the “stuck in Wichita” scene from “Planes, Trains and Automobiles”?

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