When I was younger I hated the country, despised all the trees surrounding our house and dreamed of living in a big city. I was going to work in business so I could dress all fashionable, live in a big city and be right in the middle of the action.
Many years later here I am living in the woods, thirty minutes from anything exciting, blogging in my sweats with maybe one fashionable skirt in my closest married to a country boy at heart. Funny the places life takes you, the paths we jump on and off and the ones that seem to fit us just right.
My trip to the big city, Washington DC, was solely to visit my little sister and spend time with family. My mom, middle sis and I boarded the plane sad to leave the boys at home but also anxious to get away for a bit. We shopped, did some sight seeing, slept in and got a taste of how my youngest sibling is living life in the city.
It fits her well at this point in life, her and her hubby live a block from all the hub-bub, know the metro system likes nobodies business and sleep til noon on Saturdays. They walk every where, spend 30+ minutes circling the same block looking for a tiny parking space and then gently "love tap" the other vehicles to fit theirs in between. The skill of parallel parking is a must, time is important yet completely flexible and any kind of cuisine you can imagine is within close vicinity.
I enjoyed the visit to the big city but kept thinking "what if your child has to pee and you can't find a parking spot" "what if you park 4 blocks away and have a trunk full of Target bags" "what if you just want quiet" "where do you teach your kids to play baseball or ride a bike". Of course city people have answers to all the questions but it's not the same, not like the midwest. Space is a way of life here, freedom to roam, run and explore.
I may live out of the action but my boys can step outside their door and walk trails, find toads, see deer and run until their legs can't go anymore. I may not have a closet full of fashionable business clothes but I am home and cuddled on the couch with my family. And my husband for sure is not the big city kind of guy but he is involved, puts me first and we have a great life. My little sis is living it up in the big city, doing big things for God and enjoying the married without kids life and I am happy for her. It is different, not better or worse just different. The path I'm currently on is much the same, different that I anticipated but just right for now.