Long before we ever thought of leaving the city, we used to joke about living up here. My dad had a vacation chalet here, and before we had T we came up for one last trip away as a couple. I was 7mos pregnant and we stayed for a week, it was the most lovely holiday ever. The weather was amazing, and we enjoyed every minute. One day while we were driving along the waterside and I was gazing out over the bay, I sighed and said, "I could live here".
Here we are.
So many times the views out here take my breath away and I sigh once again and say to myself, "Yep, I live here". It's so amazing.
Of course anyone who has been reading my blog (Hello, are you out there?) may remember that I hated it here for a good year at least and wanted nothing more than to pack up and go home. Not anymore. Nope, no way. You couldn't pay me to go back.
You know what I am really loving though? Yes, I love the bay, and the trees, and the fresh air, and the fact that a million fun things are just waiting for us around every corner. But what I really love is the community. I know more people and have more friends now, here in this small-ish place, then I ever hoped to have in the big city with it's massive population. There, where there are over a million people, I felt so alone. Here, I never feel alone. There is always somewhere to go and someone to hang out with. Even if I just run out on some errands I usually see a familiar face. I love it.
Another thing I love about this place is how health and environmentally conscious everyone here is. People here CARE, they care about their health and their care about the state of the environment in which they live in.
I love that there is almost no traffic, and even in 'rush hour' it only takes me 10mins to get anywhere. When I think about how much of life is wasted sitting in traffic back in the GTA, that alone is enough to make me happy that I call this place home.
Hey hon, remember when we used to joke about living here? I never believed it at the time. We are so very lucky.
Life is still pretty good.