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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.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
NOTBLUSHING 10/6/2011 1:48PM

    I live in Richmond Virginia and it doesn't sound like a small island to me, it sounds JUST LIKE HERE.

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JLPNURSE 10/4/2011 2:27PM

    Sounds lovely

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PHEBESS 10/4/2011 2:14PM

    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.

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TARABEAR 10/4/2011 2:10PM

    Sounds nice. What are you going to do when you're on the road??? Will you keep a "home base" on the Island?

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 10/3/2011 10:21PM

    How neat. emoticon

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GINIEMIE 10/3/2011 8:31PM

    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.

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WATERMELLEN 10/3/2011 1:45PM

    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!!

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SAPNA. 10/3/2011 1:34PM

    Just like a big extended family. So nice.

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