While we have now visited the big apple 25 times as a family, this past weekend was the first time Trevor mentioned the idea of living in New York City. It tells us that our trips have come a long ways from fearful doctor appointments, to enjoyable excursions where we all find ways to thrive. But living in the big apple?
Years ago I read The Power of Place: How Our Surroundings Shape Our Thoughts, Emotions, and Actions by Winifred Gallagher and understood better just how much where we live contributes to the life we experience. It’s hard to imagine all the ways our life would change if we left the earthy Portlandia for the concrete jungle of New York City. My sister did it for a while and even worked for the man himself, David Letterman. So perhaps it’s in the family blood that we do it at some point.
Honestly though, I think what makes our time so interesting and fun is that we experience the city in short bursts that we jam pack with cool stuff. If we lived there, the daily noise, crowds, costs, and pace of life would likely take its toll quickly. On the other hand, the idea of extended stays in the city where we are not so rushed is growing on me. If we found a way to do it, I do believe living in New York for weeks or months at a time as a family could be a very rewarding experience. It’s hard to beat hanging out in Bryant Park on a beautiful day.
Now, if we could just win the lottery!