So, I have this dream. I almost feel kind of funny putting it out there for all the world to see. But, it's exciting and I want to share it. You have dreams like this too, I'm sure! For I-can't-remember-how-long I've wanted to move out somewhere with some space, some land, room to run wild a little bit. I mean, I guess I always assumed I'd end up out in the country at some point. I'm not a city-dweller at heart, though it certainly has its perks.
In addition to this dream of living on a good-sized chunk of land, I also dream about the neighbors I'll have. We have a few friends and family members that are on the same wavelength about room to roam, home schooling, gardening and whatnot, and I get so excited about the idea (the possibility!) of buying land together, of being neighbors, having our kids grow up together, sharing resources and friendships. I mean, why not? Mostly the home schooling is what I think would be really exciting about buying land together and living near like-minded friends. Not all the families want to homeschool necessarily, but enough that it would be a really great support system and social group.
I actually got pretty excited about pre-fab houses recently and how much less waste is created by building that way. Although, I do have this plan for a house that has been percolating and getting refined and tweaked in my mind over the years. I finally put it down on paper, though, I continue to erase and adjust.
This idea that I have isn't exactly co-housing, or a commune, but rather just the simple idea of having good neighbors who you can trust, who share some of your ideals and who are, well... neighborly, in the old-fashioned sense of the word, the "Norman Rockwell" way:) I'm just excited about sending my kids out to play and knowing that there will be other concerned and caring eyes watching over them. When I was growing up in a small town in Maine, if my friends and I misbehabved, say we went five or ten miles over the speed limit driving through the center of town, you'd better believe our moms would hear about it through the grapevine before we even got home! And that is exactly what I want. Is that a crazy pipe dream? I think there are a lot of crazy pipe dreams out there, except that if you hang onto it, keep thinking about it, keep working toward it, those dreams eventually become a reality. I'm not the only one with wild dreams, right?
By the way, this book is really inspiring me! These ideas about neighborhood design are exactly what I'm talking about...