Why I Love Living in the Suburbs – Spring Edition

I’ve been living in the suburbs my entire life, in a small(ish) town just outside of Montreal. In Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, to be exact, and as you can see by its thrilling wiki page, it’s not the most exciting place in the world.

But I love it. When I tell people that I moved out of my parents house only to get my very own place just a few kilometers away, I get a funny look.

And then comes the question… Why didn’t you move downtown?!

My answer always seems to leave fellow millennials slack jawed and wide eyed, their brains trying to imagine someone my age not craving the convenience, the nightlife, the hustle and bustle of city living.

So why didn’t I move downtown?

It’s simple: I hate the city.

Not so much hate, more along the lines of like to avoid. You know when you see an acquaintance on the bus, one that the conversation will quickly become awkward after you’ve gone through basic pleasantries? That’s my relationship with the city. Yes, maybe it’s nice to catch up briefly, but next time I see you I’ll abruptly avoid eye contact and ignore you at all costs.

I have a seven minute walk every day, from my apartment to the bus stop, and back in the afternoon. In just that short walk, I’m exposed to so many beautiful things, many of which I take for granted. A few days ago, I decided to snap pictures of just a few of these things and on this Earth Day 2016, I thought I would share some of my photos with you.

Reasons Living in the Suburbs is the Best

Living in the Suburbs - Yellow tall things
Just look at these tall yellow things blowing in the wind!
Living in the Suburbs - little coniferous tree
This little coniferous dude – let’s call him Connie – facing off against an army of deciduous foes.
Living in the Suburbs - Brown Flower
This strong-willed brown flower thing who desperately wanted to make it through the winter.
Living in the Suburbs - Blue Sky
This beautiful blue sky (OK city folk, there is a sky downtown too, I’ll give you that).
Living in the Suburbs - River
Who needs the Nile or Mississippi when you’ve got this?
Living in the Suburbs - Trees and Sky
Back to the deciduous foes, standing united in the blowing wind (poor Connie doesn’t stand a chance).
Living in the Suburbs - Yellow Flower
This yellow flower amid a bunch of dead brown stuff!
Living in the Suburbs - Little Spruce Tree
Connie’s saviour?

What have we learned about living in the suburbs?

  1. Just because we love plants, doesn’t mean we know what they are called.
  2. We are willing to look crazy by taking photos of random nature things in the middle of rush hour traffic.
  3. Once we go ‘burbs, we never go back.

I hope to see you all in my little suburban heaven soon!

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