This autumn we have these new additions to our neighborhood: acorns and chestnuts.
Our neighborhood is still new by almost any standard, but the arrival of nuts on the trees feels like a rite of passage towards becoming Established. I was as giddy as the children when they started collecting the nuts. Every child should collect nuts and turn them into crazy childhood projects, right? But it wasn't so clear that my children were going to get to have that particular childhood experience. Until this year. Thank goodness. There are (a few) trees to climb and definitely nuts to collect. It only took about five and a half years to get here! We're happy!
There were definitely advantages to buying a new house in a new neighborhood, but the wait for the trees to begin maturing has been painful. For that reason alone, I'm not sure I would buy new-new again. But, bygones now. Bygones.