I read once (on Vanessa’s blog!) that when you live in the city, you live in the city. Meaning…your living is done more out in the city than it’s done at home. As our kids get older, I can see more and more how true that is for us.
We have 3 family memberships right now: the zoos (which we’ve had for 3 years!), the Museum of the Moving Image (a Christmas gift for Dave which we are ALL really enjoying) and the Science Museum. (I also have a membership to Museum of Modern Art…but we don’t take the kids there…not yet.) I LOVE having these memberships. I love them because they have changed the way we go to these places. When we go we don’t need to make a whole day of it to pack in as much as we can to make the admission price worth it. We fizzle out in around two hours anyway. So, because we are members, and our admission is free, we can go for our two hour limit, only see a part of the museum and leave, well before the meltdown stage, knowing we’ll be back soon.
Having the freedom to come and go to these places and stay as long or as little as we want has made these places feel like a part of home. Instead of hanging out in our living room playing with the toys we have here, we can hang out there and play with those toys. They’ve come to feel like extensions to our living room. ;) Which, when you think about it, makes for one really rad house.
Looking through my photos and assembling this collage was pretty eye opening for me. When I printed it out I showed it to Dave and yelled “I LOVE OUR LIFE!” Making the collage also showed me that we’ve been getting much, much better at living it. And we’ve gotten MUCH better at living in the city and using its resources as best as we can.
Man, I’ve come so far. :)