Can you imagine living your entire life in a home without doors and bedrooms? My two children did. I moved from Lexington to Boston many years ago. The kids were born and lived in a city loft all their lives. They are not strangers to Lexington though. We have been going to the July 4th carnival and fireworks since they were three years old. But this year, we walked there from our house.
The suburban migration is a common story. Each year right around February, the time when a family need to commit their children to another year in their current school in Boston, city parents start to think about moving to the suburbs. Living costs and schools are the two major differences. Beside those however, what else is different?
Doors -- OK. We lived in a loft before. So doors are completely new to us. The bad is that I have to stop the kids playing with them and locking their newly found bedroom doors for privacy. The good is sound isolation. I actually managed to watched a movie after the kids went to bed upstairs without having to worry that the sound will keep them up. Imagine that!
Trash Day -- What the heck is trash day? We used to have this magical room in our building. I take my trash down to it via the elevator in the comfort of air conditioning and carpeted floors. The next day the trash magically disappeared. Last night I had to haul my own stinky buckets of trash and recycle bins up the drive way, fighting spider webs in the garage all the way. Then I have to pick up the trash barrels and move them back into the garage? Cannot wait to do this in the snow.
Wildlife and Bugs -- Rabbits, squirrels and chipmunks. Those are cute. The children love them. Black ants, caterpillars, not so much. My first grader already proclaim that she is a city girl and she does not like bugs at all. With bugs come bug bites. Hydrocortisone and tiger balm to the rescue.
Space -- When the movers were setting up the furniture in the house, they asked "What goes into the dining room?" I had to tell them "Nothing, we never had a dining room." With double the amount of living space, the kids have a place of their own to play and work. We are not in each other's way all the time. I can work comfortably at home in a real home office. We may even start to invite friends over now that they will not be tripping over kids toys or have to share chairs.
Finally, the Lexington town center. We are lucky enough to live within walking distance to the center. This definitely make the transition from city living to Lexington easier. Just like when we were in the South End, we can walk to everything. Lexington Center is just large enough to have a bit of everything, and small enough and still have enough local businesses to have a nice village feel. Coffee, ice cream and bread. Library, bank and post office. It is the best of both worlds.