Today, I found myself looking in store windows, artfully displayed for summer visitors. I saw people eating al fresco, enjoying their food and the beautiful weather. I saw bicyclists, joggers, dog walkers, park sitters, moms pushing strollers, old folks, youngins and everything in between. I noticed our lovely independent book store had a new coat of paint; that a small retailer had expanded, we have more new hair salons, we have less real estate offices.
I noticed the summer flowers planted by the Garden Club in and around major traffic crossroads. The green spaces were green with granite benches for sitting. There were water fountains, here and there, reminiscent of horse troughs but made of granite. Everything is made of granite because it is, after all, "the Granite State".
I thought of all the years I'd waited in traffic, to and from the Valley to L.A.; to and from Richmond to D.C.; in and out of major cities while on business. I thought of the many hours of pleasurable car trips my husband and children have taken over the years up and down the coast to see my parents in their central coastal community of CA. The coastline from Ventura County north is always beautiful. It never gets old.
But I digress. Here is a two minute video of where I live, produced by the people with whom I work. Stop what you're doing and take time to watch. You'll be glad you did.