Saturday, March 14, 2009
No place like home
Lately I've been pleased with where I live. All 5000 square feet of it. That is the square footage of my lot, not my house. Don't get me wrong, I still need my occasional breaks in the mountains, the desert, and the country to get my refill of wide open spaces and stars at night, but I am enjoying the benefits of living here in suburbia too. Last week I was grateful that on one day I could tend to my baby chickens and work in my vegetable garden and the next day attend a performance of the LA Philharmonic at the Disney Concert Hall with my kids. I can walk to the park, taekwondo class, the allergy Dr's office and to dinner at one of a dozen or more restaurants without breaking a sweat. I also have a nice view of my neighbor's kitchen from my kitchen window, but that is a price I have come to accept. When I was a kid I distinctly remember seeing subdivisions in a neighboring town and wondering how people could stand living so close to each other. I still hope to live somewhere with more land someday, but there are advantages to being within walking distance of a hospital, a grocery store and a library. I am very blessed to raise my children in a place with so many amazing opportunities and yet I feel even more fortunate that I can take them away from all this to spend a few weeks on the farm every year. I call my parent's place a farm, and to my city kids it seems to be. They have animals, a garden, a few acres, yet are still in a small town. It's rural but more like a big backyard than a working farm. I don't feel the need to live there now but I do need to visit. I don't know where my kids will feel drawn to when they become adults. Right now dd has a love for places with pavement and sidewalks, yet she can't wait to ride horses and collect her really fresh eggs. Ds loves the ocean but also loves climbing tall trees and digging in the dirt. The kids whine that they are cold when its 50 degrees outside, yet lament that we don't have any snow. Will they be drawn to the suburbs because that is where they were raised, or will they like even bigger cities? Will they feel out of place without four seasons, or need sunshine and heat year-round? Will they be able to adjust to living in the country where they might have to drive a half hour just to get to a grocery store? I've found it fairly easy to adjust to the convenience of this place but I still need my time away, my respite from convenience. The one thing I do not miss about the place I grew up: snow. Don't miss it. The one thing I treasure most about a place: having a view of mountains. Do you live in an area that is similar to where you grew up? Country, suburb, city? Do you wish you were somewhere else? What attributes are important to you in a desirable place to live?