City life vs the ‘burbs

I love the city. It’s where I would prefer to be – in the hustle and bustle, pedestrian transportation, livelihood of a downtown area. But in life we have to make compromises, and the area in which I reside is one of those compromises I’ve made. You see, I live out in the ‘burbs y’all. I have a yard with grass and flowers I have to water, and weeds I have to pull. But I refuse to cut the grass. I told my husband that I will NEVER do that, so he better like doing it! And do it all the time. Because I’m not going to be THAT house in the neighborhood. Thankfully, he’s totally into that sort of thing.

Before we bought our house, we lived in a townhome. Still out in the suburbs, but it was a townhome with no yard and a cute little entrance. I LOVED IT. As much as I love the space we have in our house now, I miss the townhome. There was just something about it. It made me feel as though I was living at least somewhat of a city life. And one of the neat attributes? Our county has a minor league baseball team… and the field was on the same street our neighborhood was on! On Friday nights during the summer, when fireworks would shoot off after the game, we could see them from our bedroom window. Yea, pretty awesome.

But then we bought our current house, and I do love it, don’t get me wrong. But it’s not exactly in the type of surroundings I always imagined myself in. However, to buy a house the size we need with the amount of kids we have in the city or even right outside of it is, well, not exactly in our budget… that shit is expensive!

Ah, my love for the city goes way back though. The first time I went to New York City I fell in love. The idea of walking everywhere and hopping on the subway for further distances EXCITED ME. I loved the culture also. In a city there’s always a variety of things to do and see, and all of it is just so different. My now-husband and I took a trip to Manhattan while we were still dating, and he proposed. He knew how much I loved it there so I’m guessing he figured I couldn’t say no if he asked me in my favorite place! 😉

View of the NYC skyline from the Brooklyn Bridge, 2011.
With the “buffalo” in 2007, after walking 50 blocks.

But it’s not just NYC. Chicago of course I love, LA is always amazing, and Asheville has a really cool downtown area, too! The tall buildings with an array of businesses from restaurants to bookstores, and bars to yoga studios. SO. MUCH. YES. There’s just something so fabulous about it all! When I was in college, I still lived in the suburbs but attended Georgia State in downtown Atlanta. Instead of sitting in traffic every morning to get to class, I took the 10-minute drive to MARTA and rode the train in each day to campus. I loved it because I was able to review for an exam, read whatever book I was into at the moment, or just relax.

In our current home we’re only 45 minutes or so (depending on the traffic, this can be a bit spotty) from the city of Atlanta and it’s neighborhoods, so it’s really not that bad. But getting a babysitter for the littles in order to allow us time to enjoy the restaurants and museums ITP is the most difficult part. I’m just glad that Uber exists because this momma’s tolerance for wine has gone WAY down!

So until a day that I either move into a city or fall in love with the suburbs or beyond, I’ll continue to embrace raising my little nuggets in a home in whatever area we decide to live in, being sure to give them as many great experiences as possible (and of course trying to get out without said kids once in awhile 😜).

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