As we’re nearing the end of the Challenge, and words are increasingly hard to find, I thought I’d stay close to home for this one.
So, where is home? I live in a valley — a planned community, which is part of the larger Los Angeles Metropolitan Area.
What are we known for? On a statewide level, maybe even nationally, probably for amusement parks and basketball teams.
On a smaller level, for a city hall trying to break away from the county system (why do cities want to break away? Money, I know, but aren’t we stronger as one large unit?). While the breakaway hasn’t been decided the debate continues.
Our valley is also a family oriented area. I used to worry going into restaurants with a young child, possibly disrupting other patrons. There’s no need, really, for such worries around here. You see families with children everywhere, striking up conversations in a flash (what sports is he playing/what’s your favorite team?).
It took some adjusting living here. We’re in a valley, so summers can get very hot. But the weather is comfortable during the rest of the year.
What else do we have? Outdoor places galore.
Hiking trails, golf courses, parks — one of our parks hosts summer concerts every year.
Yes, life in a valley took some serious adjusting. For example, a good air-conditioning unit is a must. We had no use for central air before, but you can’t live here without air conditioning. Thank God for that wonderful invention.
Change is difficult, but given time it becomes second nature. And before you know it a valley becomes home.
~~~Another short post today, but please join the conversation — anything you’d like to share.
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