Doing some reading today on a different topic, I bumped into this quotable quote:
“It was not God’s purpose that His people should be crowded into cities, huddled together in terraces and tenements. In the beginning He placed our first parents in a garden amidst the beautiful sights and attractive sounds of nature, and these sights and sounds He desires men to rejoice in today. The more nearly we come into harmony with God’s original plan, the more favorable will be our position for the recovery and the preservation of health.”
That pretty much sums up our reason for choosing to be “in the hills.” Peace and tranquility are worth far more to us than convenience. We think that since mankind was created to live in a garden, the country life is the best for our family too.
Sure, it comes at a cost. There is no cheap, fast internet here. There is not even a mail delivery service where we live. That just happened to be where we ended up–we are too far from a telephone exchange and the mail carrier stops just down the road. It’s further to town, work and shopping from here than from a place in the ‘burbs. But that’s a cost we are willing to pay.
Some things were a bargain. The view from the hills is worth a million dollars, although we didn’t pay anywhere near that. The fresh air and the quiet calm are the kinds of things that many people have to go away on holidays to find.
There are other costs that we don’t have to pay. There are no hoons doing burnouts on the street just outside our front door. No highway noise. No smog. No street lights shining in the window making it hard to sleep.
The freeway headed our way out of the city is one of the last places where the traffic still keeps moving at rush hour, and if you want a more scenic route, you can avoid the rush altogether and cut across the country roads.
I’m going to go down to the local organic farmer today and buy some juicy ripe strawberries for a treat. And pretty soon I hope that my children can enjoy some of our own strawberries grown at their very doorstep.
That’s why we’re in the hills. 🙂