I’m such a tree-hugger at heart, so it is really kind of weird to me that I didn’t end up out in the very edge of the boonies somewhere in a little cottage with a hammock on the front porch and a satellite dish larger than the living room just beyond the tree line.
But I didn’t. Instead, I’ve spent my entired married life living inside the limits of three different cities. For the last fifteen years, we’ve lived within walking distance of our downtown, which isn’t a huge deal because the Main St. stretches out only about 9 city blocks, but it is the city, nevertheless.
What’s even weirder is how much I have grown to enjoy city living. For many of you, I’m sure that’s hard to comprehend, but let me tell you right now, it has its advantages…
- Garbage pick-up – – hey…don’t underestimate the importance of having a nice gentleman not only pick up your weekly refuse, but scrape a half-flattened possum off the street in front of your house before it even begins to waft into your intake vents
- Sidewalks – – those lovely flat sections of concrete that make you ALMOST forget that live at an altitude of 3,000 feet because all those hills in your neighborhood are actually walkable!
- Snow Removal – – living in the city means (usually) that ours is one of the first roads to get scraped after a blizzard. Now granted, the scraping usually happens just AFTER we clean the edge of our driveway and there is now a three-foot wall of snow to re-shovel, but nevertheless…it IS scraped
- Book Access – – not everyone can say that they live a half mile from their county library, now can they?? An escapist afternoon through the latest stack of new fiction is barely a ten minute walk.
And the biggest boon of all? The most adorable coffee house just opened up not three blocks from us. Uber has breakfasted there for basically a week straight, and I’ve already spent two fun afternoons with friends cozied up on their sun porch with a steaming cup of chamomile-strawberry tea.
There is just something about living in the city that makes you feel like you are “part of something.” It’s an experience I never quite had at any of my homes in the country growing up. Now don’t get me wrong…I love the fact that there are around 100 waterfalls within a 100 mile radius, and I take advantage of enjoying them whenever possible, but for day to day living, I guess I’m just a city girl after all.