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Why I like living on a small island (like a small town)

Monday, October 03, 2011

It's the kind of place where you run into people you know. Where people know your name. Where you're a regular customer, and people know your order.

I ran out at lunch time to do errands as well as pick up some groceries for lunch. First, I stopped at the storage center - my afterschool art program had stored furniture and supplies there for 3 years, and the ladies had my deposit refund check - I went in, said good morning, they asked how the move went, and gave me my check, without my even asking for it.

I picked up a package at the post office - mentioned to a young lady in the parking lot that her tire was low - turned out she was a former student, so she jumped out of her car and gave me a big hug and told me I look great! (She's now out of high school, so she was a student maybe 6 or 8 years ago.)

Then at the fruit/veg market, I ran into DH - he was buying bagels for the house as I ran around getting fruit, carrots, pita bread, sliced turkey - so I managed to get a couple of kisses from him as well, yes in the middle of the store.

We also ran into a friend, another artist on island, who is married to the owner of the deli we go to on weekends for breakfast - they just got back from a long trip through China, so we were able to hear all about it as we waited at the checkout line.

So yes, I like living in a small place, where these things happen. I'm not a big city anonymous kind of person. I like running into all kinds of people I know. It makes me feel like I belong somewhere.
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    I live in Richmond Virginia and it doesn't sound like a small island to me, it sounds JUST LIKE HERE.
    1842 days ago
    Sounds lovely

    1844 days ago
    No home base, Tara - we'll be nomads. Well, we'll probably store stuff at one of our relatives' home, or something. But not much stuff.
    1844 days ago
    Sounds nice. What are you going to do when you're on the road??? Will you keep a "home base" on the Island?
    1844 days ago
    How neat. emoticon
    1844 days ago
    I miss my small hometown, but it's not small anymore. Nor is the the farming community where we bought our first home. Now I live in annonymousville. I found by shopping in the small shops and taking Erik to the small restaurants we can find some of the community feelings we miss.
    You are truly blessed.
    1844 days ago
    That sounds like a wonderful community!

    And I appreciated your comment, as an artist, about the quality of light at various times of year . . . so true. Love the late afternoon light on the golf course poplars in October!!
    1845 days ago
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    Just like a big extended family. So nice.
    1845 days ago
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