New Looks About Town
Something I’m just noticing around my hometown are these beautiful posts being put up by the school. They’re only about knee-high and each decorated with a unique design. I’m sure they represent the different classrooms. There are ones with handprints, bows, animals, and colors. They are marking off the circular park I walked in so many times when I was young.
We are in our bicentennial so I’m thinking they got the idea to spruce up the celebrations. Isn’t that just sweet though? Having children from different classes create these art pieces to place out there for everyone driving around the park to see? It’s homey. It’s educational. It cheers the heart. Not to mention the delight it brings the passersby.
New sidewalks are going up via the infrastructure. A lot of people in town walk. I know I did in the years before driving. It was a favorite pastime and a way to see what was new with everyone’s place. A new Pre-K to 12th grade school is going in down the road after a couple of years of building and preparing.
The old high school or first one is now the library. Isn’t that neat? We tend to re-use things here. Speaking of such, I recently heard a rumor going on online for the friends of Berkshire High School about there being a tunnel from WWII that connects the building I went to school (now closed) with to the library. There are differing opinions, of course but it’s interesting, nevertheless.
On the same page, others mentioned that there was a home over by the old elementary school that had been part of the Underground Railroad. I almost bought a house in Bristolville, OH that had been the same. They even still had servant quarters in their upstairs. The owner’s children decided not to sell, and it was a good thing for me because that aged house would’ve been way to expensive for me to repair not to mention all the buildings on the grounds.
You think you know a place. It’s ins and outs. Years later, you discover stories you didn’t have the faintest hint of. Just goes to show. Pay attention. You could learn a lot about your hometown or another nearby city or maybe even a place you just moved to.
There have been changes over the years. Restaurants shut down. Burned down. Catching success. Buildings going up or yanked down. New banks opened. Stores dying out. Part of the success of bigger places loses out for the older stuff. It’s both sad and a part of life.
Sometimes, you don’t realize how much a place has changed until you look around. And sometimes those changes barely register. It’s nice to take a pause in the day to take that good look. To learn of the new and what’s been set aside.
Part of our future is always in the looking back at the past. That’s just life. Who we are. Our ancestors carved this land. They set the village dimensions. They will always be a part of this town, this history. Just like us. One day, we’ll be part of what was as well as part of what will be.
Tell me, have you taken a look about your town today?
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There main reason writers need to know psychology is to enrich their storytelling. Here are four more reasons:
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