My little home sweet home in Duluth doesn't look like much, but I loved this place. Three people and two dogs were crowded into a tiny three bedroom 1 bath house, but it worked. It was cozy and full of life. I told friends that while in graduate school, I lived in "Mr. Roger's Neighborhood." I'd grown up in suburban Atlanta with its urban sprawl (shopping center after shopping center), and had never seen, much less experienced, the type of community I found in Duluth, Minnesota.
Our neighborhood consisted of a handful of streets lined with modest homes and lots of snow. There was a grocery store and pharmacy, a tiny little fire station, a church, a post office, and a cute little library. Everything you needed was right there within walking distance, and there was ONE of everything. The neighbors all knew each other, which could be a blessing, or a curse. The postman knew you too, and everything that was going on along his route.
|here he comes!|
My house was so close to my neighbor's house that if I'd been so inclined, I could have spit into her kitchen sink from my own as I washed dishes. "So you got in at 4 am last night.... " she would offer, an open ended statement-question awaiting an explanation. It cracked me up. The anonymity of a big city is so complete that you could move out of your house altogether, and it would be weeks, perhaps months, before your neighbors noticed they hadn't seen you around.
But despite the fact that I will weigh 350 pounds if I eat all of this, isn't there something so comforting about being sent home with a big bag of homemade cookies?
And homemade dishrags?