after sledding on a beautiful snow day
grandies and neighbors
gather around the table
to share a large pot
of ramen, laughs, and stories.
“honor the community you come from. tell their stories.”
won’t you be my neighbor?
“the more we can be in a relationship with those who might seem strange to us,
the more we can feel like we’re neighbors and all members of the human family.”
in honor of mr. rogers on this day and every day
image credit: pghcitypaper.com
now that I’ve moved from the west side to the north side
do I have to learn new signs?
“search for beauty without features, something deeper than any signs.”
-francesca da rimini
image credit: babycommunity.com
grandie f and his friends take a short walk
through their neighborhood
(and now mine)
to help bring a few first things over to my new digs.
the friendliest movers ever.
“i get by with a little help from my friends.”
central casting must have had a hand
in a scene on our neighborhood street today.
while waiting at the corner for the light to change
a mail carrier in his blues came by riding a bike
a doctor in scrubs walked across the street on her way home from the hospital
a construction worker in a bright neon vest held the sign for ‘stop’ and ‘slow’
all crossing paths
all in uniform
I have to admit that I felt a bit left out and underdressed
in sandals and comfy clothes
although I suppose I was in a uniform too
that of a teacher on summer break.
“I always had a sense that clothes, be it uniform or vintage,
could help to create a character.”
book credits: naomi kleinberg, author – joseph mathieu, illustrator, google books, sesame street
the neighbors stopped by to check us out
“when strangers start acting like neighbors… communities are reinvigorated.”
loved visiting the grandies
and their friends from the neighborhood
at their very own garage sale for kids.
they made signs
waved to cars
took turns being the dj in the garage
keeping the music going
and offering specials
(like the ‘wear two things on your head and get one free discount’)
every few minutes.
reminds me of me when i was a kid
though I usually ended up spending my profits
buying my friends’ stuff
and they often did the same with mine.
sometimes I even ended up
with more stuff than I had started with.
a pretty fun time for all
and some things are timeless.
I remember going with my mom
to a random garage sale as a kid and thinking
what a cool treasure hunt that the whole world was.
only to transition as an adult to think,
‘what a gross place that really is.’
– will ferrell
another polar vortex day
another movie adventure
four neighborhood kids
lots of action
lots of adventure.
“you never forget the neighborhood kids you grew up with.”
‘help yourself, but please leave bowl. enjoy!’
another friendly neighbor’s offering
left on the steps to their house
discovered while out walking.
‘the people who give you their food, give you their heart.’