Kinda Cool Things about Life in the Suburbs

There is nothing remarkable about most suburban towns. Their allure lies in being safer, cleaner, more spacious alternatives to the city while still being an easy commute away. Since last week’s post was about Things You Take for Granted When You Live in a Major City it seemed only fair to do one breaking down the kinda cool things about life in the suburbs.

You can safely plant flowers before Mother’s Day. My section of the city was one of few that had small lawns and flower beds. If you planted flowers before Mother’s Day you were running the risk of attracting marauding flower thieves who thought that your tulips would look great on their mom’s dining room table.

Having a little property with your house. In case you would like to use your yard for more than sitting on lawn furniture and staring at the backs of the houses behind you.

Main Street SignPrivacy. Single houses are more common and affordable in the suburbs. The suburbs may be the place for you if you don’t like the idea of your house spooning with the adjacent houses. Ditto if you want to have a choice about the level of intimacy that you have with your neighbors.

Country activities. The suburbs are closer to the no man’s land that is the country. Live here, and you will have easier access to country activities. What are these, you ask? Car shows, craft shows, drag strips, and of course picking. Picking is when you drive to the nearest farm, pay for a butt-bruising hayride out to the fields, and hand-pick your own produce which you then pay for before you leave. It’s kinda fun at first, but can leave you feeling like Ben Rogers to the farmer’s Tom Sawyer.

Realizing that you left your car unlocked and not having a mini stroke. Break-ins happen, but much less frequently. Especially since there is a good chance that you have access to off street parking in the suburbs. Speaking of…

Abundant parking. Garages and driveways that can actually fit modern vehicles are commonplace in the burbs. This means that there are usually plenty of spots on the street for visitors. Parking in my Granny’s neighborhood in the city was so scarce that we sometimes ended up blocks away. When a spot on her block opened up, someone would stand in it while my mom brought the car around.

GazeboBeing proud of your tiny town when it manages to pull off something pretty epic. My town has a 4th of July fireworks display that rivals Philly’s. We also have some darn good musical theater for being eighty-seven miles off Broadway.

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Weighing the value of sending my son to high school in the suburbs versus the city has been my obsession for a couple of years now. There are pluses and minuses to both that I am all too aware of as a transplant. Let me know what you think in the comments below.