|The view of Puget Sound from my window! :)|
20 years ago I was petrified with fear when I had to go out alone on the streets of New York City. My best friend and I went to New York City together, she had lived there before and was comfortable going anywhere. But I was from a small rural town in Michigan. She got sick and didn't want to eat...for a long time. I skipped a couple meals because I was terrified to go out on my own. Finally, because hunger forced me, I braved the Big Apple on my own. Ok I really only walked a block to a deli and got a sandwich and a calzone. But I didn't get mugged or lost. YEAH! That was the beginning of my journey to seeing big cities as more than what I had heard on the news.
Now after having enjoyed visiting cities like Chicago, New York, and San Francisco and living in downtown Philadelphia for 2 years, I have come to view big cities in a whole new way. The paralyzing fear has been replaced by excitement. Excitement to expose my kids and myself to all sorts of new cultural, artistic, and metropolitan experiences. Even walking home from the grocery store was a memorable experience today. A flash rainstorm appeared and drenched us. With no car to shelter us, we ran from eaves to eaves laughing all the way...and learning our view of Seattle better include an umbrella!