Then we moved away.
I still feel all the missing and broken connections. My older child still asks when we are going to move home. He misses when we had friends over at least three times weekly, by accident. Albuquerque farmers' markets are in parks; you can shop and then stay while the kids roam, making and forging alliances for the day, to be remade next week. Without that, we've spent a lot more time indoors. Mom and Dad are commuting; we spend more than twice the time in the car than we used to. We've lost our garden.
|Minh with Pumpkin at Trader Joe's|
I decided a few weeks ago to take back the conversations I was developing for my children and my family. Art, sustainable family lifestyle, local food and business relationships, and time together as a family without cars or media devices. Even though San Diego has made it harder, those projects are still worth doing; for my personal happiness, for the children's interest and education, and for sustainability in the larger world.