“But what about a yard?” is the constant response when we tell people that we have ditched our suburban condo in favor of our new downtown digs.
“What will the kids do without a yard?”
We lived in Issaquah (a suburb of Seattle) for two years. We had a little shared lawn that backed onto a greenbelt. It would flood when it rained and by the time the summer sun dried it out fall would be upon us and our soggy, spongy, little yard would turn to veritable swampland complete with swarms of hungry mosquitoes.
The only time we spent any time in our yard was when it froze over last December.
We were excited to share our news and thrilled that we’d found an affordable place in downtown Seattle with fabulous amenities. I was surprised by the negative feedback I received for moving our little family of four downtown.
“What do the kids do without a yard?”
My one year old and I walk to Pike Place Market every day and the vendors have come to know us. They play peek-a-boo with my daughter and give us free samplings of new and interesting foods. She squeals in delight as the pigeons eat the piroshky crumbs she’s dropped.
She lost her favorite toy rat among the hoards of market tourists and the next day one of the produce guys followed after us yelling “We found your rat, there is only one baby I know who chews the face on a rat!”
We get my 7 year old stepson on the weekends and, while he is super excited about the pool, sport court and walk to Gameworks, his favorite activity thus far has been dropping the garbage down the 10th floor garbage shoot.
He chases down pigeons and waves to the Ride the Duck passengers. He proudly announces “They ALWAYS wave back to me”
He likes to play elevator operator and counts the different colored taxis from our deck. We run out to Hammering Man and tell him we hope his rotator cuff gets fixed soon.
Saturday mornings our family runs through the rain to get fresh made donuts at the market. In nicer weather we trek up to Top Pot Doughnuts and watch the monorail go by over our heads.
But no…we don’t have a yard.
The city is our playground.
We live in an apartment, we have children, and we don’t have a yard.
I love it!