Like any other place, there are pros and cons to living in Boston.
We moved here 6 six ago, with the intention of staying 1 year. Well, that plan quickly turned into 2 years, and then 5 and now, well, we’ve finally learned not to have a plan.
In that time, I’ve had a love-hate relationship with Boston. I’ve been fortunate enough to live in many other cities, states and countries, which has been wonderful for the opportunities it has provided me with, however it has also given me way too many places to compare the city to.
This is somewhat what my thought pattern looks like throughout the year:
January – March: “I don’t know why we’re still here. We should definitely move somewhere that doesn’t get 10 feet snowstorms overnight. People can be so cold here. Not only do they not stop to chat like in the friendly mid-west, but they put cones, chairs, boxes…anything-they-can-find in their parking spot, and if you move that random object and take their spot because otherwise you’re going to be late for work, you are taking the chance of having someone slit your tires. Why do we live here?”
April – May: ”I love this place. I’m so glad we live here. Did you see those flowers blooming all along the Charles River? It’s just beautiful everywhere you look! We should get outside more; I just love these longer days!”
June – August: “Ugh…it’s so.stinking.hot. I can’t move. I start sweating from the moment I walk out the door. Why are all the houses here so old that we just have this tiny air conditioner unit in one window, that barely cools off one room? I’m not cooking anymore; just the thought of turning on the stove makes me feel like I’m going to melt.”
September – November: ”I feel bad for everyone who doesn’t live in New England. There is nowhere more gorgeous to be this time of year! Gosh, this city has everything- great schools, incredible hospitals, tons of delicious restaurants, and just looking outside my window and seeing all the colorful leaves makes me so happy. We’re so fortunate to live here!”
December: Why do we still live here?…
Like I said before, it’s definitely a love-hate relationship. So, for now, I’m just going to revel in my deep love for Boston right now. I took these pictures recently during an afternoon downtown and a walk through the Arnold Arboretum. In about 2 months, when I don’t want to ever leave our home, I’m going to look back at this post to remind myself that all the snowstorms and humid days are worth it. Right?!
~Do you have a love-hate relationship with the place you live?