Thank you so much for your encouraging comments on my last post.
You sure got me thinking about the benefits (or not) of country vs. city living. But first I'd like to share the only benefit that my sewing machine table is providing these days. Do you think he's dreaming up exciting new quilt patterns?
Lots of benefits to having a pool these first few weeks of summer vacation. We're in it every day that we don't spend driving to the city.
We even find benefits in cleaning up the pool at the end of the day. This girl adores her big brother and is so excited that he takes the time to give her "noodle rides."
And some nights this mama finds benefits in eating Chinese takeout for dinner.
Accompanied by the benefit of a welcome fortune that reads:
"Lucky you make this choice. Everything comes out for the best."
There's something endearing about the poor english and timing of this fortune that made it feel like more than a ramdom slip of paper found in a stale cookie.
Now for the Benefits of city living (in my opinion/experience):
- The city provides numerous free or low cost amenities such as -
- public parks with play equipment and restrooms,
- public swimming pools so that my kiddos can make new friends,
- well maintained walking and biking trails,
- summer concerts in the park,
- weekend farmer's markets,
- large libraries that offer e-books for download and fun activities on Tuesday mornings,
- large chain bookstores kiddos can spend hours reading + browsing in,
- museums, aquariums,
- zoos, and botanical gardens,
- local yarn store,
- target, trader joe's, joann fabrics, tj maxx, panera
- our temple and all our friends there.
Benefits of country living (in my opinion/experience):
- living on five wooded acres,
- walking dogs off leash through the woods,
- kiddos riding bikes down small quiet roads,
- watching nine chickens happily free range on our property,
- running and playing in the woods without a care in the world,
- having a pool in our yard, surrounded by woods, where my kiddos can splash and scream and swim in various states of undress. (some days this one doesn't actually feel like a benefit!)
Not-so-much benefits of country living (for our family):
- driving for 50 minutes - 1 hour to get to most parks, museums, bookstores, trader joe's, temple (with three high energy kiddos in the car)
- having to leave the house for much of the day when we drive to said city so that our trip will be "worth the two hour round trip drive," (this one is difficult with three opinionated kiddos. just the other day we drove to the city for an hour at the bookstore followed by a picnic lunch and playtime at a wonderful park when a certain ten year old middle child complained that he had no energy for a grocery store trip to buy organic fruits and veggies (we have almost no organic produce available in the country - and no CSA)
- eating out on many of the days we drive to the city because there's really no way to drive an hour there and an hour back and get home in time for lunch. (Some days I take along a picnic lunch and other days we get panini's, pizza and fruit salad from the deli section of gourmet markets but i would love to just be able to make a quick trip to target, buy what we need and get home in time for lunch.)
- having to leave the house extra early and return home extra late. (the best time to be at the farmer's market is 8am but that's hard when you're an hour away and have to get three kiddos to agree to sit in the car for an hour. When we leave the summer concert at 8:30pm we are still an hour from home and end up going to bed way past bedtime.)
- our temple is an hour away in the city (it's the nearest temple to our home which just happens to have the best ex-highschool english teacher, kiddo loving rabbi who always has time for a knock-knock joke or a game of plants vs. zombies. My kiddos cry when we can't make it to service - it's their "club.")
For our family, right now, there are benefits to both country and city living and, for a while at least, we won't have to choose. And for this we feel very fortunate - "Lucky [we] make this choice. Everything comes out for the best."