...only it's 74 degrees at 6 a.m. with 67% humidity. Still, I opened some windows to exchange the air in the house.
Papa and I talked about the house discontent. He feels it too, only isn't sure that we can afford to leave his job. I do think we will go eventually, though, even though it means leaving a climate we like (most of the time) and our extended families. Southern California just isn't sustainable. It's a desert, no matter how much water flows from the north to help make it otherwise. It's densely populated, and I don't mean a really dense big city - Los Angeles is all sprawl. Even our once small and way out there town now has a population of over 65,000, and over the last 100 years every bit of land between here and L.A. has been developed along the freeway coridoors. We may have stood alone at one point in time, but today we are just part of suburbia.
Still, we walked last night, and the good things came to mind (well, not walking in humid 90 degree weather at 8 p.m.). Our proximity to the library. The outdoor amphitheatre we've come to love (they were rehearsing "Beauty and the Beast" last night). The old houses, the big trees, the post office and other old, beautiful buildings (the library itself is gorgeous). Our street, with its smaller homes that were once an upscale subdivision where the fire chief and police chief could live. The old grove homes, and the availability of year-round citrus. A farmer's market 3 blocks from our home.
So we stay for now, with gratitude, and we make the best of what we have. Knowing what we like about where we are helps us choose a new destination. We'll research areas that are close to nature, environmentally sound, have local food sources, are near at least one river, are progressive, etc. We also need a place where we can get by on human-power when oil becomes scarce.
To tie this all to Enki, proximity to real nature is a vital part of growing and learning for children. I highly suggest reading Last Child in the Woods; I'm almost done with it and it is so in tune with Enki.