Despite the lack of snow to add that extra little wintry feel, the Northfield Winter Walk was wonderful as always last night.
It took me a while to adjust to the pace of life in Northfield. I grew up in Maple Grove, Minnesota, and I really enjoyed all the conveniences that a young, fast-growing suburban city like that offers. Chipotle, Starbucks, a large community center, and all kind of options for whatever you're looking for. Cities like Maple Grove have many benefits.
However, one thing that I didn't find in Maple Grove, and one of the things I love most about Northfield, is the sense of community that we share here. Community events like Winter Walk remind me how enjoyable it is to walk downtown and run into friends from school, sports, church, the YMCA and many other civic arenas. My family and I enjoy so much connecting with friends in the public square and visiting the stores and shops in our town. This kind of engagement and interaction is missing in the large suburban communities.
As a family we've chosen to trade some shopping convenience and consumer options for the sense of connectedness that Northfield offers. We've chosen to trade being individuals in an ocean of strangers for being partners in a community of friends. Winter Walk exemplifies this trade-off and we're thankful we get to be a part of it all.