I just visited a blog from another one that I read semi-regularly. I won’t put the names of either one on here because I’m not real familiar with them and don’t have a good feel yet for the kind of content on them.
Anyway, all that to get to the point of this post, which is this- The lady whose blog I was reading grew up in a small mountain town. She was reminiscing about the small town life. She was talking about things like knowing all of your neighbors and music playing on the square and walking down to the ice cream shop on Saturday nights. Then she went on to say that while she missed those things, she really loves her big paycheck, fancy car and sushi.
Well I was with her right up until the paycheck, then she lost me.
Point being, I am so thankful for this little town. We moved away from here when I was a kid and I spent all of my adult life trying to get back. I wanted my kids to go to school here and I wanted to walk down to the square and sit at the park and listen to the music being played on the band stand.
When we moved away, I was so sad. Leaving all my friends behind was so hard. But I adjusted in the bigger town and probably had more opportunities in things like sports, which was my passion back then. However, looking back on it now, I realize how much I missed out on here in this little town. I am so glad that my kids can be here and experience all the things that I did and a lot of what I missed.
I see my kids starting in a school system where they are in small classrooms with lots of one on one time with their teachers. Rather than being herded through and lost in the masses. I’m not trying to put down the bigger schools, I think it works out great for a lot of people, it’s just not for us.
And while our little town is not perfect, by any means, it is a quiet, peaceful, friendly town. Exactly the kind of place I want to raise my kids.
I didn’t become a stay-at-home-mom until Katie was 18 months old and I was quite used to my nice paycheck. However, the bottom line was that we knew we wanted me to be here raising her (and any future children) so we just went for it. We really had no plan whatsoever. And it was a major shock to the system learning to live on one income.
We adjusted though and we still struggle A LOT, but at the end of the day, I have been able to spend my time playing with, teaching (hopefully), and trying to create a warm, loving, welcoming environment for my husband and kids. It is a very satisfying feeling.