One of my favorite things is walking and talking. This day I walked and talked with my cousin around Rowayton, a charming little town with a good lunch/coffee shop on the water. Many of the homes have historical markers.
We drove through Darian and she showed me the different areas and talked about life, children, commutes to Manhattan and she told me exactly how to catch the train out which was something I enjoyed learning how to do.
Most of all I enjoyed the architecture of the homes, especially in Rowayton and parts of Darian where the streets have older homes that are close together. In these places children can go easily from house-to-house, play in the street and in each others' yards and there seems to be a friendly community.
In the larger areas the homes are stellar and the properties are unbelievably gorgeous and it seems to go endlessly on-and-on, more so than the North Shore of Chicago and it makes tiny geographical areas like Piney Point in Houston or Highland Park in Dallas or Nichols Hills in Oklahoma City seem minute. It is just like one endless high-end suburb. It seems so utterly opposite to the urban life of Manhattan. I'd love to know more about the lives of the SAH wives. I wonder if they are lonely and feel isolated with their husbands working such long hours with those long commutes. In layout and feel it seems equivalent to England and I wonder just what, in the social, cultural and lifestyle fabric, makes these areas such strong incubators of boarding school populations.