Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Show and Tell 12.30.09

I live in a town of about 55,000 people. To many this is small but to others this is a booming metropolis. We have a small town feel, though. My towns name is, Irondequoit-Native American for "where the land and waters meet." We are very unique in the fact that the town is surrounded by water on 3 sides- Lake Ontario, the Genessee River and the Irondequoit Bay.

People have referred to my town as "Mayberry" because many of its residents stay in town to raise their families and thus know many of their neighbors for great lengths of time. Many married couples attended grade school and high school together. There is a town plumber, electrician, and pub. Our schools are fantastic. I had some of the same teachers in high school that taught my parents.

I wrote about my neighborhood fruit stand before. These are the types of things you see in my town. Several people in my general area set up skating rinks in their yards every year. There are neighborhood associations with Native American names that have been around since the 40's.

Today I am showing our firehouse's billboard. I have passed by this billboard nearly every day of my life. Sometimes it announces safety courses or when the fireman are checking car seats. It will have death announcement where the flag flies half staff. My friend from high school who was killed at the tender age of 26 and also a volunteer firefighter had his name listed on the board. The billboard tells us to remember to vote and wishes us Happy Fourth of July.

As I get older the landmarks in my community become more endearing. The firehouse sits next to one of the two popular barber shops in town. People ask do you go here or here? There really aren't any other choices. For young boys it is a right of passage to get their haircut at one of the barber shops.

I could go on and on because I am so fond of where I live. We have tree lined streets with huge oak trees. There are so many beautiful and coveted houses that the owners get letters in the mail all the time reminding them "if" they ever want to sell, give a call. I am so glad my grandfather and grandmother decided to move up here from Queens after WWII. I am thankful that my dad and mom met and both wanted to raise their families where they grew up. I love the history. My appreciation for tradition and sentimentality are things I want to teach my son. He may move far away or he may stay close to his roots. Either way I plan on being here for a long time.

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Lavender Luz said...

Now you've done it. You're gonna have a rash of people wanting to visit.

Starting with me.

Kristin said...

It sounds like a truly wonderful place to live.

Lisa said...

You know, I think you hit on a sentiment or feeling that so many of us feel as we settle down and grow "roots". Its funny that now days I feel that way about not just our current home/town but my hometown as well.

Wishing you a glorious New Year!!

manapan said...

I love the small-town feel of it all. I never would have guessed such a tight-knit community could have such a large population. (You've got 40,000 people on us, btw. Booming metropolis, indeed!)

Leah said...

Your town sounds wonderful, especially for raising children. I grew up in a town of 1,500, so 55,000 doesn't sound so bad. :-D Of course now my town is over a million so I guess it's all relative. I think 55,000 sounds like a great number though. :-D Happy New Year's to you and your family.

Queenie Jeannie said...

Happy New Year and thank you for visiting on my special SITS Day!

pandabox33 said...

I just love small towns. You make me feel that yours is charming and cozy.

Cara said...

I love where I live too. I have to admit, I didn't always. Was born here and had to leave before coming back and settling made sense to me. Now, on relatively mild days like today (31degrees) I savored a walk to the local mom-and-pop's store to get a couple items.

HereWeGoAJen said...

I have always wanted to live somewhere like that. I've always lived places where no one knows anyone else.

meg said...

Irondequoit is wonderful - we love living here and we are so glad that we decided to move here after college! Couldn't ask for a better place to raise a family!

michelle said...

what a great post....I too love my small town that I still work in...I no longer live there but am there everyday with all the people that have supported me for years...there is something about the familiarity and roots that just makes you feel soooo good!!!



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