Recently, we had some friends from the city visit us.
And it was lovely.
And I love when people visit – not just because I get to see friends and family and have a whole bevy of new victims for my bossiness – because I love being able to see my town through fresh eyes.
Without further ado, here are my top ten reasons
Grace you should move to Young the country.
1. Definitely not least, but I figured I should get it out of the way:
I am here.
Obviously, that’s hours of entertainment for the kids. And whilst I am not THE Upsy Daisy, that’s what my nieces and nephews call me – and I do like bright eyeshadow – so that’s close enough in my books.
2. The ducks.
I cannot tell you how many days the ducks, or the promise of the ducks, have saved my life.
Seriously. The ducks. They are awesome. And friendly. And don’t seem too fussed when Fraser eats the bread they know was meant for them
3. The walking.
People from the city are always shocked that as a 29 year old, I am still getting around with “L” plates. The very truth of it is that I am too lazy to ring and book my test, and am a perfectly acceptable driver.
I can afford to be lazy because I live in a place where the furthest place I need to get to regularly (the doctors, of course) is a 20 minute walk to the OTHER END OF TOWN.
And besides, who doesn’t enjoy chasing twin toddlers around town?
4. The people.
Most everyone in town is friendly.
People who aren’t friendly don’t tend to go out in public.
On account of all the social and friendly people.
Today we were at the Maccas play area, and these kids who I am sure I have NEVER laid eyes on, greeted Roo by name. Which is unsurprising in that Roo makes friends with a telegraph pole if left with no other option, but surprising in the fact that I had never seen the kids before.
5. The twin factor.
In the year the Two were born alone, there were another two sets of twins. The year after, I know of at least five sets. At Pal’s work, there have been four sets of twins in the last five years. All of them boys…
So, if twins are what you want, first go to Crazy Town, and then head here.
I felt that this photo was doubly appropriate, because once you’ve been to Crazy Town, then moved here, then had your twins, all this friendly people (see point number 4) can make a point of stopping you and asking you if (a) they are seeing double, (b) are they really double trouble? (The answer is no, they are quadruple trouble, but I’ve learned though numerous awkward experiences that people do not like you to ruin their joke, which is obviously highly original. And that I’ve never heard before. Ever.)
6. The cost of living.
I’m not going to give you a run down of housing prices and the savings on fuel thanks to a shorter (if any – Paul walks 5 minutes to work most days) commute to work. I will tell you that we have a mortgage, 3 kids and run a car and household on one, quite average, wage.
It’s not always easy street, but we could not live the way we do here, in the city.
7. The top reason? Family.
I don’t know anywhere else in this country that I could live with my husband and my children the way we do here. Pal is home most afternoons before 5pm. A late night is 6. A crazy, busy, full on work day might see him at work until 7. But he is home by 7:05. Some days he is home for lunch. And that is priceless.
I don’t parent with a helper at night and on the weekends. We co-parent. My children’s father is as vital in their lives as their mother.
This is the family life I’ve always wanted. And this beautiful town, with minor frustrations, allows us to live it.
To live the dream.
So, have you ever lived in the country? Loved it or hated it? Think you should move here?^^