Monday, April 02, 2007

Small town

The town I live in is a small town. There are about 2000 of us so it's a pretty close-knit community. Of course my M is involved in both the fire department as well as the shooting guild so we know a lot of people. But the people we don't know, are usually friendly too. We try to contribute to the community.
This afternoon I was studying in my back yard (I had to enjoy this sunny 19 degree (70F) day) when I heard the girl next door cry. She's 9 and considers herself a big girl, so when she cries something is wrong. I heard her talk to an adult voice and say: "but Mommy said she'd be home, and I have the key but she bolted the door and now I can't get in!". The adult said: "Why don't you use my cell phone to call your mother and ask her what time she'll be home". I decided to walk over and see if my assistance was required. She was on the phone and said: "Mommy, Nicolien is home, I'll go over to her house and wait for you" which of course was ok. So I took her home, gave her some lemonade and a cookie and listened to her story of her day. And by the time she was cheered up her mom was home.

Today I took a walk after dinner. The weather was still awesome (I didn't even need a jacket!) and the days are getting longer and longer, so I decided to get some exercise. I walked on the dykes by the river and enjoyed the view. I heard lots and lots of birds sing. I noticed that tulips are popping up in many gardens, and some are already in bloom. The narcissi are everywhere (there's hardly a garden without them) and everything seems to be sprouting and budding.
I had such a good time during my walk! People walked their dogs, their children or - in my case - themselves. And almost everyone I encountered greeted me. Some didn't, but that was ok too. When I got home I decided that I love living in this town. And I love the fact that it's spring again.


falleri said...

Ik vind het wel leuk hoe wij daarin verschillen :)
Mijn buren hier zijn echt okee, maar verder zou ik het niet leuk vinden, al die sociale controle.. Blijkbaar ben ik toch meer een stadsmens, met plattelandsinvloeden ;)

Hette said...

Ik was blij dat ik van mijn dorp verlost was. Ook al had het 10.000 inwoners, het was toch allemaal ons kent ons. Leuk als je klein bent, maar daarna niet echt meer.
Ik vind het ook fijn dat het weer lente wordt! Joepie!

She said...

Het zou mij ook benauwen ook al zie ik ook de positieve kanten ervan. Ik houd ervan 'anoniem' te zijn. Maar de lente maakt me wel erg blij!

Teddy said...

Heerlijk dat mensen vrolijker en opener naar elkaar toe lijken te zijn als de zon schijnt! Ik ben zelf ook eerder geneigd een praatje te maken.

Yoastie said...

Terug in NL viel het op hoe iedereen mij nog steeds kent. Er zijn nog steeds winkels enzo waar men mij meteen kent en veel mensen vinden het leuk om een praatje te maken. Ons nieuwe stadje heeft dat ook een beetje en het is geweldig!!
Het was mooi weer en ik reed naar een klant toe laast - het was net of ik op vakantie was. Heel fijn.