BusinessWeek just named my town one of the best places to raise your children. It’s based on academic test scores, cost of living, crime rate and a couple of other factors. Great to find that out but I knew it – that’s why I live here. We are often years behind the times. (It has its upside. Last year’s fashions everywhere else are just becoming new trends here.)
What is really disturbing is the “debate” section at the end of the piece on the BusinessWeek Web site. It says, and I quote, “Join a debate about whether kids are worth the cost.” Mortification! I had to read it twice as I couldn’t believe my eyes. Then I made a big mistake. I went to actually read the debate section. (I forgot that ignorance is bliss which is our motto here in good old #11. Silly me.)
It was pretty sad – some bright points – but still sad. And it hit me! That’s why I love my little hometown. Someone would slap you if you had this debate here where the average income is $36,464. That’s why I give my town such high marks as a place to raise kids. We actually like them, celebrate when one is on the way, and recognize they are a valuable commodity. That’s our bottom line.
“Children are one third of our population and all of our future.”Â ~ Select Panel for the Promotion of Child Health, 1981