Coming home to the place I grew up has been a very strange experience. In many ways it has changed a lot. There are more houses, more stores, a lot more traffice, and there is even a chinese restaurant in a town that only had a small coffee shop when I was small. Of course the schools are still here, the church still rings it's bells with barely enough time for me to make it down the street, the teenagers still hang out on the park wall, and the victory gardens which were once gone are now back - I missed the transitions!
It is a bit strange to have people I haven't seen in 20 years recognize me! Yikes. Today while I was waiting for my Mom to have her hair done I ran into one of our old neighbors in Stella's diner. She knew me right off the bat. To me everyone looks a little familiar!
We are in the middle of a heat wave here. I had forgotten what life without air conditioning can be like! It is only for a couple of days though so I think I can stick it out. We are escaping to my sister's in New Hampshire where I hope it will be a bit cooler...at least the lake is only a few blocks away and I know that is cold!
Yesterday we went on an Artist Gallery tour in Hull. The town is right on the ocean so there was a nice breeze. I spent many hours on that beach the year I got my driver's license! The studio tour was nice. I restrained myself and only picked up some notecards. We had dinner at a very nice restaurant that I will never visit again. My Mom turns 88 in two weeks. She looks at least 10 years younger and gets around pretty well. The waitress obviously didn't think old people should be at this restaurant and made it obvious. I was angery. Angery enough to mention it to the owner (I recognized him from his many TV appearances.) I had to do it while my sister was in the ladies room because she would have been horrified. Oh well! He had twice the personality of his waitstaff and looked sufficiently angery/embarressed that I think it will not happen again.