When Marty and i retired from police work with the Portland Police Bureau ( 30 years for him 19 for me) We spent many long hours discussing where we should raise our 2 children. Even thou we worked in Portland we lived on our small sheep farm in Sandy.
The city. Great private Catholic schools, with access to the best of arts, music and sports. Eclectic people, cultures, food and politics. Some very good friends whom we love dearly.
The country. Knowing your neighbors, leaving your doors unlocked and the work ethic that comes with living on a working ranch. Fresh air, animals and room to roam.
The country won, and 3.5 years ago we moved to southern Oregon and bought a ranch outside of a very small town on the OR/CA border. We raise fine wool sheep and working Border Collies( more on the sheep and the dogs in a later post) For now my kids are too young to think they are "missing" anything by not living in the city.
We believe they are missing some experiences that Marty and i think are important for them to grow up to be the well rounded citizens we hope they will someday become. The older the kids get we want to make it more and more of a priority to take them to the "city". For us that is Portland( 6 hours) and Seattle(9, 10 hours. ) As time goes on we hope that the list of cities to visit will grow too.
I love Pdx and it will always be my favorite city. My brother and his family live in Seattle so that makes it even more important to visit. Marty also has family in Seattle with kids in our kids age range and we are looking forward to getting to know them better.
Trips always include lots of love from friends and family and making sure our kids keep that connection to some of the people that we love. We always try to go on an adventure that we can't experience at home. The pdx zoo, and kids museum. In Seattle The space needle, aquatic center, science center and ridding the train to so many fun places. New food and new people. I am guessing as the kids grow the adventure will change. On a recent trip our son James was very impressed with the Trail Blazers stadium in Portland and wants to go to a Seahawks game.
I miss some things about the city. The great food, the diversity and the raw energy of a city. The handful of people who still live there that I have known me my entire adult life and whom i love and trust. But i think we made the right choice for us when we choose the country. We love watching our kids pull new born lambs, ride their bikes/atv's to trail sheep, and help build fence and doctor animals. I envy some of things my friends do with their kids in the city, and they feel they same about some of the experiences my kids have in the country. Neither place is "better" just different choices.
I am also very grateful that we can take the kids to the city. We dream that at least one of our children will retain the love for sheep, ranching or agriculture, but if they don't we want to let them experience as much of what "else" is out "there" as we can. Then they will be able follow their own dreams where ever that may lead them.