Determined not to make my first post of the New Year a negative or critical one, I’ve been waiting for something positive to inspire me. Inspiration came yesterday.
Yesterday was the first day I felt well enough to get out of the house, having been brought low by a cold last Saturday. I bundled up and walked down to Adams Village where I went to the local Rite Aid to buy more facial tissue and cough drops. I resisted the temptation to go into Greenhill’s Irish Bakery for a cupcake or cookie and headed home. I passed Blaisi’s Café where I have eaten and Sonny’s Pub & Restaurant , where I haven’t although I noted that they serve breakfast all day. I glanced into Lynn’s Spa – where there were a number of women getting mani-pedis as usual though not as bustling as it was on New Year’s Eve when I’d last stopped there. I looked at the plants and flowers displayed in Lopez The Florist . I then made my way up the hill to the Adams Library where I ordered some books and just savored the warm environment that was bustling with activity in all sections. My final stop was at the Ashmont Market & Liquor Store where I bought some orange juice. I crossed the street, dropped two envelopes in the mail box and headed home.
That’s when the thought for this first post of 2011 hit me: I dig my neighborhood. I mean I really dig it. I like living in an actual neighborhood with small businesses, services and friendly neighbors.
I can walk in any direction from my house and pass restaurants, corner stores, and playgrounds. I can walk to a supermarket in 10 minutes (with two others quickly accessible by car and bus – or a longer walk). Three T stations are near my home – Ashmont, Shawmut and Field’s Corner (10, 12 and 25 minute walks away). There’s the Leahy Halloron Community Center with a pool within close walking distance. There’s a YMCA not too far away. There are a number of churches. There are spots for coffee and tea nearby (Flat Black , The Mud House and Dot2Dot Cafe and the ubiquitous Dunkin’ Donuts).
I can and often do walk to see bodies of water in 15-40 minutes (the Neponset River, Tenean Beach, and the waterfall by the Baker Chocolate Factory condos in Lower Mills).
It’s a neighborhood! And:
Some of the neighbors are friendly, some are Boston-reserved, and others are loud.
Some of the clerks are models of customer service some act like they’ve never seen me before even though they have regularly.
I’m so grateful to live in a real neighborhood that works. And that’s a positive way to start the year 2011.*
*(‘cause believe me, I’ve got some not-so-good stuff I’m getting ready to write about soon.)
You might also like these posts about my love for my ‘hood:
I Love Walking in Dorchester