Are you a town mouse, or a country mouse? That’s the question posed today at Sunday Scribbling.
I could say either…I love the city, the lights and the vibrancy and the diversity and the culture. I lived in San Francisco for 7 years, and never thought I would leave. I loved the restaurants, the shops, the odd people on the bus (though not always their smells or habits), all of it. Of course, city living has its downside…parking is an issue, hard to find a place with a washer and drier hook up, and to buy rather than rent requires the kind of income that I will never attain.
Country living…I lived in the country, the woods really, as a child. I loved the trees, the streams, the berries…loved the quiet (if you can call it that…nature isn’t exactly SILENT) of not hearing cars and neighbors and such. Loved not being able to see who lived close by, because no one did…loved it all. It’s a wonderful life. And, like city life, it also has its downsides…if you need milk for a recipe, it’s a pain in the butt to get to the store to get it, vs. city life where you walk half a block. And, I’m sorry to say, the neighbors tend to be a bit less the kind of folks I want to hang out with. More likely to be conservative, believe that our children all need to learn and believe the same way, that I need to believe and think the same way that they do…that’s not really for me.
So you’d think the perfect answer would be the ‘burbs. Close to the grocery store, plenty of trees, washer and drier hook up in our place, no REAL problems parking our car. Good schools and safer neighborhoods than the city, libraries and ballet and plays and museums that you don’t find so much in the country. And yet, the suburbs don’t have the real benefits of either. They’re stuck 1/2 way between, and you feel it. At least, I do. I feel like being in the burbs isn’t the real answer…and yet, I’m not willing (and truthfully, could hardly afford) to go back to renting in San Francisco. I’m not convinced that the benefits of the country outweigh the drawbacks. So, for now, it’s neither for me…neither country mouse, nor city mouse. Suburb mouse. Whatever the heck that means.