Now You See Me, Part 4

Today’s writing inspiration comes from the fabulous Justine of A Half Baked Life. Back when I wrote my In A Rut post, Justine suggested that I

take [you] for a drive through [my] neighborhood, and describe what [you]’d see there? What is important to [me] about where [I] live, and why?

If you had asked me 6 1/2 years ago, if I was excited about moving to Cary, I would have called you crazy. If you had asked me whether I thought I would like it here, I would have laughed in your face. To put it bluntly, I was not happy about the prospect of moving to Cary. Now, Cary is the place I call home and I can honestly say I love it here.

Before we moved here, I had an image of Cary – an image of a snobby, uptight place that doesn’t accept anything that mars the image of perfection. While there are certain elements of that image that ring true (the city sends nastygrams when your grass gets too long), on the whole, I was so wrong. Cary is a highly educated, extremely inclusive community and their are so many activities and opportunities for my kids…things that just weren’t available were we use to live.

I love that my kids go to school in a culturally diverse community. It is nothing to have white and African-American kids in class next to Muslim girls wearing their hijabs and Indian children  who are first generation Americans. I am thrilled that my kids are exposed to art that is scattered throughout the community and that you never know where you are going to find it. Cary hosts an annual juried art show called the Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition. This year the show has treated us to 12 sculptures spread throughout our community…sculptures as diverse as the house that Vic calls Rednecks in Space and the Elephant pull toy sculpture. While the flying house amuses me, I really hope the Elephant sticks around. I love that piece.

We have a truly fabulous library system (even though I’m really disappointed by how the budget cuts have affected the influx of new books) and the town of Cary (bwahahaha, a town of 140,000 people) has the most fabulous collection of after school and summer programs. Amazingly enough, they even have generous scholarships for these programs available to any city resident who can demonstrate a need.

We’re really lucky because we live in one of the older neighborhoods of Cary, a neighborhood that actually doesn’t have a home owner’s association. This means our neighborhood has delightfully quirky things around every corner. At the end of our street, there is a family that has the most amazing garden in their front yard. They have a row of gorgeous flowers surrounding an incredible vegetable garden that produces tons of corn, lots of squash, and so many other veggies that I can’t even begin to name them all. If you travel a few blocks past that, you find the house that has the coolest modern art in their yard. The people that live there designed and constructed it themselves. And, there is a house that always puts up the best Halloween decorations. Our neighborhood has everyone from people who have lived here for close to 40 years (and remember my husband when he was a teenager) to families that are very new to this country. I love that it’s a friendly enough neighborhood that I feel comfortable enough letting the kids roam during the summer. They get to experience roaming neighborhood nerf or water gun battles. It truly is a wonderful neighborhood to live in.

6 1/2 years ago, I didn’t think I would ever feel at home here in Cary. Now, I can’t imagine living anywhere else.

Tell me a little about your hometown…what you like best, what your favorite activities are, anything.

8 Responses to Now You See Me, Part 4
  1. a
    October 11, 2012 | 9:46 am

    Ugh. Our town is awful! They seem to turn away (or not support) any decent food establishments. We have almost no stores. However, the people are pretty nice (considering it’s one of those places that’s been around for over 100 years, it doesn’t have the “your family hasn’t lived here for generations, therefore you don’t exist” attitude) and the elementary school has been awesome so far (especially compared to the experiences friends are having in other towns nearby). Plus, we’re in an area of many small towns butting up against each other, so the lack of businesses is not a horrible inconvenience. And we’re essentially a suburb of a good-sized midwestern city, so activities abound…just outside of our town. As a town, it’s awful. As a place to locate our subdivision, it’s not bad.
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    • Kristin
      October 11, 2012 | 5:35 pm

      It’s too bad your town is so awful but, at least you are located near places with great things to do.
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  2. Justine
    October 11, 2012 | 10:17 pm

    Fun post! I can see how your neighborhood fits you: inclusive, welcoming, fun-loving, and a little bit quirky.

    I love the Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition. We have a place not too far from us called Grounds for Sculpture that hosts huge pieces like that, and the kids love to go there and marvel.

    What I love most about where we live now is how we’re right in the middle of city and country: I can walk to downtown, where they close the street for live music and car shows every week in the summer, but I also know my local farmers. I wish there were more eclectic restaurants, but since we don’t eat out much, it’s not a huge deal. I really do wish that it were a bit more heterogeneous, though … our town has lots of white people and lots of Latino immigants, who tend not to mix. Then again, I grew up in a pretty all-white area, and I turned out with an appreciation for diversity!

    Thanks for sharing this with us! 🙂
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    • Kristin
      October 15, 2012 | 1:02 am

      We have a ton of really cool restaurants nearby. One of my favorites is a little local Cuban joint. They have the best tostones…yum.
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  3. Sandy
    October 12, 2012 | 1:35 pm

    Love the sculpture exhibition! I know that love/hate relationship with living in a small town. There are some really cool things about Flagstaff, but it’s lacking a lot too. The library is pretty good, though! 🙂
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    • Kristin
      October 15, 2012 | 12:56 am

      I adore the sculptures. I think it’s one of my favorite things around here. Thanks for stopping in.
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  4. Shelly
    October 14, 2012 | 3:44 pm

    Your town sounds wonderful! My city is where I call home. I hated it when I moved here at first because Columbia, SC is very different from Miami, FL! We went through major culture shock but Columbia has grown so much over the years and is rich in both Southern culture as well as the perfect mish-mash of all cultures. I love the fact that you will always see smiling faces and true Southern hospitality. I could not ever imagine moving from here. We are an hour away from Charlotte and 3 hours from Atlanta. Can’t beat that!
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    • Kristin
      October 15, 2012 | 12:59 am

      I don’t know how I never realized you were only an hour from Charlotte. My sister lives just south of Charlotte (on the SC side of the state line). We’ll have to meet up sometime.
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