This gym boasts a spa, four gyms, rock climbing wall, indoor pool with two water slides, outdoor pool with two water slides and zero entry kids' area, outdoor field turf area for running around and playing catch, two cafes (one indoors, one out), a work out area, and more. It's pretty incredible. There are indoor and outdoor spas. The locker rooms also feature a sauna and steam room. Not to mention top of the line facilities.
I felt uncomfortable.
I feel uncomfortable around people with money. There, I said it.
Especially people who want others to know they have money.
Especially people who like to walk around and make sure that others know they have money.
I felt like this building was a shrine to that. Judgmental again, I'm on a roll.
Not everyone there was like that. There were really only a few that were obviously in the group I'm speaking of. Kids texting on their way out to their car. Men in expensive work out gear, strutting their stuff. Women with too many highlights, walking on two inch flip flops, covered in their matching white terry cover-ups. And of course, the "right" shades. Blech.
This brings me to the inner debate that I've been having a lot lately. Is this where I want my kids to grow up? It's not only about the gym. It's about raising kids in the city, where every opportunity is right here for them, or in a small town where it is...different. This gym is so far from where I grew up. Not just in terms of miles.
We live in Omaha, population is roughly 400,000. I grew up in a town that inflates its population to 800. My husband grew up here, yet he longs to run a high school in a smaller town. His career goal is to be a high school principal, or maybe someday a superintendent. Right now he is an assistant principal (one of four) for the second largest high school in our state. I work in a high school that is more than three times the size of my hometown.
I LOVE it here. The zoo, the Children's Museum, the theater, the downtown area, the lake that we live near with the trails and playground. Super Target. Our school district is arguably the best in the state. We would have none of this in rural Nebraska. I have daydreams of getting season tickets for the touring Broadway shows that come to town for Brenna and I when she's old enough. Also of hubs and I being able to enjoy the nightlife more when our kids are older. Lots of plans.
I don't know what the answer is and I'm sure a lot of it will be decided on based on whether hubs accepts a job elsewhere in a few years. I just don't want to raise snobs. That is a big goal of mine. No snobs. And no jackasses. If we stay here, my work may be cut out for me.