How can you tell if a place just isn’t right for you?
When do you decide you’ve had enough?
At what point do you tell yourself, I’ve given this a fair shake, and I don’t like it, and at least now I know?
We don’t like it here. We just don’t. It’s not the house. We love the house. It’s everything else.
We’re terrible homeowners. The constant deterioration of one’s home and the resulting need for regular maintenance fills us with panic. We resent the weekends being used up by trips to Home Depot or the nursery.
We’re farther from both our families. Our days of getting free babysitting from the grandparents are over. Henry misses them.
I never realized how much I would hate not being able to walk to something.
There’s so much else. But in the end what it comes down to is: it’s not Brooklyn. Which I knew, moving in! Didn’t I know that? Why am I so surprised? I suppose because I lived in the suburbs growing up, and thought I knew what I was getting myself into.
We’re thinking of returning to Brooklyn and renting. Finding a place we can afford in a good school district may actually be impossible for us, but we’re looking into it.
I feel like a failure. We will undoubtedly take a loss on this place. All I can think is, why did we move? Why did we listen to everyone else telling us we had to leave the city, and not to ourselves?
Or are we being premature? Should we tough it out? When do you really know something isn’t right?