I’ve been thinking a lot about this lately so naturally, I brought my thoughts here to share with you all.
Jordan and I sometimes toss around the idea of moving. Although Summerland is our ideal dream (because although a fairly wealthy town, I think it does fall under the catergory of what I’m describing below), these moves I’m going to refer to are local ones. While we like our house and some of our neighbours, this isn’t the area I’d like to raise my kids in. I don’t know why. It’s just a typical middle class neighbourhood. And I definitely HATE living on street that we do. Too busy.
We always keep our eye on the market and houses that pop up for sale in a certain subdivision here called ‘Cathedral’. It’s an old, old, area. With Elm trees that reach over the streets, meeting the middle. The houses are all character homes from the early nineteen hundreds. But the neighbourhood is bursting with character. You’ll find more people wearing flowy skirts and dread locks than brand name clothing. More people sitting on corner cafes talking to each other instead of on cell phones. Many people in the neighbourhood don’t even own a vehicle but rely on their feet and public transportation and do this by choice. The neighbourhood has a butcher, a bakery, cute little shops selling clothing, specialty teas and a few doctors and dentists. Children are outside running! and playing! instead of sitting around texting each other. On one corner you’ll see a wealthy family in their home and on the other, someone picking through a dumpster for leftover. An artsy community, often throwing street fairs to sell their creations. Completely my cup of tea. I’m a bit of a hippe at heart. It’s diverse, for sure. But I want my kids to see that. There are a variety of people with a variety of incomes but everyone there seems to have the same ideals. All like minded. O.k. not everyone. Just everyone I know who lives there. I’d love to live in a neighbourhood like that.
Some thinks it’s odd that I wouldn’t be dying to send my kids to one of the schools in a wealthy neighbourhood. I really want them to go to school with kids who don’t get everything they want, who don’t all have cell phones by grade 6 and who have a little appreciation and respect for the people, the things, the nature around them.
I’m dreaming … I know. I don’t think there are many of those kids that exist anymore and definitely not a whole school full of them.
And then sometimes Jordan and I dream of buying a place out of town. Some place close enough to commute to work but just far enough away that it feels like we are out in the country. A big garden that will hopefully help turn my black thumb green, a clothesline, a big yellow school bus trekking down gravel roads to pick up the girls and take them to their little school with small class rooms.
After typing this I just realized the common trend. The key to what I’m looking for. Simplicity. A simple life. Something a little more ‘back to basics’.
Anyone know where or how I can find that without joining a religious colony?