on the corner of Red Vulcan and Stubb where the grass has been allowed to go to seed. No, this is not a famous corner that you should know about, it’s just an, as yet, undeveloped street near my neighborhood. Formally, it had no name. It was simply a place deep in the woods on some farmer’s land.
It’s a place of wonder and magic where each day the sun comes up to start the day alerting all of its inhabitants that it’s time to get started for the day; However, it is a sad place, too, as I know that by the end of summer, perhaps sooner, it will be nothing but a memory aided by the few pictures that I can take between now and then. Soon it will be replaced by a manicured lawn and a $400,000, 3,500 square foot house in which two people will probably live.
Since the 1970s, the average square footage of a house has increased by 50% to its current level of about 2,650 SF. No longer is the house a place to live, it’s a lifestyle. Also, the average size of a family is shrinking. The funny thing is that even though we are buying these larger homes, were spending less time in them because we are working to pay for them! That does not sound sane at all!
I thought these thoughts as I was taking pictures in the cool morning air wondering why it is so hard for us, as humans, to share the land with the other inhabitants of this big blue marble. It’s probably and unanswerable question, but maybe it’s a simple answer, hubris, or perhaps we still believe that the planet is ours to conquer! Either way, I enjoyed the outing, but sometimes I get disturbed by the rampant building that is going on all over the place.
We have to have a place to live, but do they have to be so large and do we need to consume so many resources? I wonder.