My parents live in the suburbs of Toronto, the same City where I was born and raised. As a teenager, I endlessly whined and complained about the blandness and sameness of our little sheltered neighbourhood.
Now that I am in the position of doing the raising, I find myself being lured back to the burbs. The community centres are like Disney world compared the concrete jungle of the plain jane centres in my hood.
For example, let’s compare pools. When Roman first got home I signed us up for a mommy and me swim class at the local City pool. There was very little parking, no pool toys and the water was chilly. It was fine until I went to the pool in the burbs.
The pool in the burbs is the same price for admission but the experience entirely different. An oasis for a newby stay mom on mat. leave. Forgot your little swimmer diapers? No problem, they sell them. On your own and still sorting out how to change yourself out of a wet swimsuit whilst ensuring your toddler does not escape or fall? Relax, there’s a highchair type contraption to safely plunk your toddler into while leaving you free to change. There’s a hairdyer, private spacious changerooms including a family room if you want to bring Grandpa too. It feels spa like and in comparison, the City pool very institutional, perhaps what they would use for inmates.
This is before you get to the actual pool or should I say pools? There’s a big leisure pool stocked with toys, every floatation device imaginable and a series of slides. Then a lap pool for the serious swimmers and a warming pool which is like a giant shallow hot tub. Floor to celing windows surrond the pools to let in natural light and when you are done your swim there is a cafe and library next door.
Roman and I are crashing the pool in the burbs. My taxdollars paid for the concrete ghetto pool but I am living la vida loca in the posh one located around the corner from my parents place.
What are your thoughts on your communities resources?
Do you commute for quality or do you have great resources in your backyard?