Yesterday, I sold this postcard (as part of a set) in my Etsy shop.
This is how the town of Port Washington, Wisconsin looked about 100 years ago. I love this card. :)
I'm beginning to think that I'm a city girl at heart. I like the compactness and efficiency of town living, which I grew accustomed to while living in Bloomington, Indiana; and I'm growing quite weary of driving twenty minutes or more to get to anything important--church, friends, family, grocery stores, libraries, parks . When I lived in Bloomington, most everything I wanted to do was within two miles; I bought a tank of gas once per month. Here, I burn through a tank of gas in less than a week.
That's not to say that there aren't aspects to rural living that I appreciate--there are; and I'm not so enamored of urban living that I would willingly sacrifice having a yard of my own. My dream home, I guess, would be a beautiful old house (a bungalow, or a foursquare, perhaps) in or near town, with a half-dozen chickens in a coop out back, vegetable plants tucked into every nook and cranny, a porch swing, and a cat sleeping on the windowsill. A big, fat cat.
Something like this urban homestead, maybe, only not quite to that extreme. You have to leave enough grass for the kids to run, you know? And for Elijah to do cartwheels (he just figured out cartwheels a week ago).
That said, if it's possible for a family to support themselves from the land, via a family farm, for instance--I would see that as an even more appealing option, even if it meant sacrificing the conveniences of city life. What better way to "train up a child in the way he should go" than to have your children by your side, assisting with the family business? Of course, in today's economy, that's not often an option.
Where would you live, if you were free to choose? City, suburbs, or country?