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06:00 am: neighborhood worries
Since I had Teddy - heck, since I got pregnant - I've been concerned about where we live. I moved to my neighborhood 11 years ago, quite certain I would never be married and never have a child. My small house and even smaller yard were more than adequate for me. Three bedrooms gave me a home office and a guest room. I'm allergic to most of the yard, so the smaller the better.

When I met Peter, I was glad we still had a little breathing room. We're both introverts who need our own space. We couldn't take showers at the same time, but we could work around that. Showering together is fun anyway. We were in the city, but it felt like a suburb. We're on the commuter rail, but not on flight paths. Our house had plenty of room. Boston city schools? Who cared?

Oops. Wrong again.

So Peter and I have been discussing the possibility of moving. The size of the house isn't that much of an issue, although the Arrival of the Toys certainly makes it seem more crowded. Teddy has plenty of room to run around in the yard, to play catch, even to ride his tractor-scooter in the driveway.

But Boston schools still suck. There's a charter school in the neighborhood that would be great, but there's no guarantee he'll get in. And if he didn't, we'd find out very late to move elsewhere. Not too late, necessarily, but very late. I don't want him in a school where safety has to be a higher priority than learning, where he has to go through a metal detector, or have his backpack searched.

And last week there was racist graffiti at my local train station, which has me absolutely heartsick. The MBTA removed it immediately after my complaint, but I'm literally nauseated at the idea of it. I don't want Teddy growing up someplace where that's ok... Not that it's normal: in 11 years, I've never seen anything else like it. It seems to be an isolated case.

But I want him raised in a nice, safe, liberal community. With good schools.

Current Location: Boston
Current Mood: worriedworried

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From:wendymarques
Date:June 14th, 2006 08:03 pm (UTC)
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Having kids certainly changes everything. I love your house and the neighborhood is perfect, but education is obviously an important part of having a child. One of the big draws when we moved to Glastonbury was how wonderful the school system is.

I am sure that you and Peter will make the best decision, regardless of what the outcome is. You can always move to CT - it is less expensive than Boston :-) Seriously, I hope you are able to come to a decision that you are both happy with. The good news is that you have some time before you actually have to start worrying about Teddy starting school. Who knows what will happen in that time.
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From:katehaney
Date:June 16th, 2006 12:22 pm (UTC)

we are considering CT

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...all of Southern New England, really. We'd like to stay closer to Boston if possible, but I don't know if we can afford the towns with better schools near the cities (though the mortgage broker certainly thinks so, he's hardly a disinterested party!).
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From:wendymarques
Date:June 16th, 2006 12:30 pm (UTC)

Re: we are considering CT

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Well, we'd certainly LOVE to have you closer :-) Those mortgage folks are interesting - I never thought we'd be able to afford our house - and in the beginning (first 1 1/2 yrs) it was a little tough, but now it doesn't seem as difficult. But still - shocked me how much money they were willing to loan us - a couple of punks!
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