I’m not just a glass is half empty type, I’m a glass-is-about-to-explode-with-toxic-gas kind of gal. When my colleagues and I talked about what we love about LA all I could think about was the traffic, the open hostility, the pollution.
But then I took a step back and looked out my window. My neighbor was walking her dog with her two boys while they rode their scooters. I know their names and our boys carved pumpkins together. When I go out of town I turn to our delightful next door neighbor and I know our house is safe while we’re gone.
Who do I turn to in an emergency? We don’t have family within 40 miles of us, but if one of my kids gets sick at school and I can’t get there, I have a list a mile long of friends that I can call.
And it’s not just the people. I was complaining yesterday about how cold it was during the day. But it’s not really cold. It never gets really cold. It may get hot, but it doesn’t last that long and there are always ways to escape it. The beach, museums, malls, art-house theaters are all available.
My kids and I love being outside. It’s only a short drive to the beach to play in the sand or go to the mountains for a hike. And after we do that there’s always a good restaurant or bakery to stop by for a snack or a meal.
Speaking of food, the choices in LA are so diverse and interesting and delicious. We can walk to many great restaurants in our neighborhood and other ones are only a short drive.
Yes, a short drive is relative. It can take an hour to go 10 miles. And yes, someone might yell at you or give you the finger while you take that short(ish) drive, but really, it’s congested because so many people want to live in the City of Angels.
And like me, they want to be here because it’s a great place to live.
This is an original post for MomsLA, a Community of the Top Mom Bloggers in Los Angeles. Yvonne Condes is the Editor and co-Founder.