Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Country Boys Need Love Too


What's a hard-working, horny guy to do when there's a female shortage in the village? The New York Times recently reported that the lonely farmers of La ViƱuela, Spain got inventive: they started busing in single ladies from Madrid. The farmers, working in concert with The Association of Women's Caravans, hosted a matchmaking event complete with music, food, alcohol and porta-potties.

Ah, love sweet love :-)

I'm too ignorant of Spanish culture to know if this matchmaking plan is likely to work. Something tells me that in the USA, sweet intentions or not, busing in city women to country farmers probably wouldn't amount to anything beyond a few one-night stands. Or maybe I'm too cynical. What do you think?

15 comments:

MARCIA said...

JAID I DON'T THINK IT WOULD WORK IN THE UNITED STATES EITHER. MAYBE I'M SPEAKING FROM MY OWN BIAS BUT AS A CITY GIRL I COULDN'T SEE EVER ADJUSTING TO COUNTRY LIFE.

gwen k said...

I don't see it working either. Maybe over there, but not over here. cows and corn are boring :)~

Susan Edwards said...

I think that sort of thing happened a fair amount when Europeans were colonizing the Americas and again during the two world wars when urban European women married American farmers, though I'm not sure it was always with happy results.

Wasn't the female character in Bridges of Madison County an Italian war bride who sort of felt buried alive in rural America?

Jaid Black said...

Marcia & Gwen, I don't think I could adjust to anything TOO rural either. But then again I now live in the sticks compared to where I was living a year ago!

Jaid Black said...

Susan, as usual you are much better read than I am as I didn't read BOMC :-(

I didn't know that European women came over here and married American farmers during the war either. Interesting. Tell me more!

Susan Edwards said...

Oye! I can't believe how I mangled that.
What I meant to say was that women in Europe fell in love with and married American soldiers stationed there during the world wars. When the war was over, these war brides came home with their husbands, a lot of whom were farmers. Imagine falling in love with a soldier in Paris and finding yourself married to a farmer in Idaho.

Jaid Black said...

Ugh. Point taken, Susan!

LA Day said...

LOL! Put you know farmers are good with their hands and they don't mind getting dirty.

Susan Edwards said...

Ha ha! Two major points in their favor!

Jaid Black said...

Yeah, LA, ya got me on that one *g*

Deb said...

I could not see myself doing this but to each their own;)

Trista Ann Michaels said...

Actually there is a town that did this recently, although I can't remember what the name of it was. It was in the news.

They offered women incentives to come to this small town and open their own business or just go to work for an existing one. If I remember right, it worked...:)

Trista

Susan Edwards said...

I think they used to do that in the old West too. Or maybe that was just on Gunsmoke.

anny cook said...

There has been a long tradition, particularly in the west during the mid 1800s to the 1920s of mail-order brides. That was the basic job available to women at that time. Gals back east (where men were scarce) agreed to go out west and marry a man, (usually sight unseen). If a woman was poor, orphaned, widowed, etc., the mail-order bride option was often much better than what she had.

Susan Edwards said...

Thank God our choices have come so far in such a short time. I think women still make only around 70 cents to a man's dollar for the same job, but at least our career choices have expanded beyond being a wife a nun.