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Author: toni

~ 06/15/09

 

Below is a picture of Julia in her Grandma Ada’s back yard in West Virginia. The picture doesn’t do it justice because, well, it’s an acre. When Julia (who was born and raised in L.A.) first stepped into it she said,”HOLY MOLY! Now this would be a good back yard for Friday Fun! We could do cartwheels and put up tents and have a campfire and roast marshmallows and catch fireflies…!”

For those of you who have been following the website, you know that Friday Fun is our weekly Friday get-together with mommies and kids in the neighborhood, where kids play like lunatics and mommies drink like well, mommies in desperate need of a cocktail…

You also know that we at MAMMAKAZE live in the Los Angeles area. And if THIS was OUR backyard, Julia would be leaning against a slump stone wall that was only 35 feet from the back of our house, our neighbor’s house (and everything they were doing in it) would be prominently featured in the background and any attempts at cartwheels might end with Julia SLAMMING HER FOOT against the air conditioning unit or another slump stone wall. Also, campfires are out of the question as we live in a high fire area and the insurance companies are still settling from the LAST wildfire. Although we did recently ROAST MARSHMALLOWS over a fire bowl I got from Target using a Duraflame Log. I know, LAME. And don’t get me started on the chemical hazards.

Nope, LA sure ain’t West Virginia. Know what we DO HAVE that West Virginia doesn’t have? Traffic. Oh and pollution.

And truth be told, beautiful oceans, mountains and deserts within an hour drive in any direction. Plus LOTS TO DO!   And most importantly– NO SNOW!

I don’t know what’s better for a kid. CITY OR COUNTRY. I DO KNOW Julia really enjoyed the different landscape. She marveled at the thunderstorms. Watched in awe as the fireflies glowed. And thought it was the coolest thing there was a creek in the yard! She was very relaxed and happy. Even though she didn’t watch TV for a whole week! She even CRIED when we left – wishing she could stay longer.  

WHAT DO YOU THINK? DOES WHERE A KID IS RAISED AFFECT THE KIND OF PERSON THEY BECOME? IS BIG CITY BETTER FOR ITS CULTURAL ADVANTAGES? OR ARE SMALL TOWNS BETTER FOR THEIR LAID-BACK AND UNHARRIED LIFESTYLES? COMMENT.

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  1. Personally, I think there are advantages and disadvantages to both “city living” and “small town/country living”. The main influence on a child is that they are raised in LOVE! Miss Julia most
    certainly is a loved child and it shows. One important feature is to give your child TIME and it shows that Julia also gets that from her parents.

    Thank you for presenting our part of West Virginia in its true light.
    So much of the time, we are portrayed as “backwoods”, illerate people
    by media that I feel some people think we really are like that. That is DEFINITELY not true in our area. We are people who love God, our
    country and each other. I feel so fortunate to have been raised in
    this part of the country and we welcome any of you to visit good ole
    “Wild, Wonderful West Virginia”; we have a lot to offer. Camping, white water rafting, hiking, touring civil war areas and my personal
    favorite, “retail therapy”- yes, shopping is my game!

    Julia is a lucky child – she is LOVED COAST TO COAST. Come back soon
    and oh yeah, bring your parents.

    Comment by MomofMaci — June 16, 2009 @ 6:19 am

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