Friday, November 30, 2007

Roses and Rice ... and everything nice ...

I live in a wonderful little town on the eastern end of Long Island. My little "hamlet" is almost in a time warp. The "ladies" still bring homemade cakes and cookies to the historical society meetings and they have tea on the front porch.

Sometimes, if I'm out early in the morning, I might spot a kid actually riding a bike to school instead of taking the bus. And there are only 400 kids in our school. There's a bulletin board outside of our tiny post office decorated by the girl scouts. It's a sleepy little town filled with caring people.

There's a Village Green where old-fashioned concerts are held every Tuesday in the summer and a really patriotic concert can be heard on the 4th of July. People bring their blankets and sit on the grass. Kids run around and no one worries. There's almost no crime. Older gray haired couples sit on the park benches with their arms around each other. They call the rest of Long Island "up island".

And, next weekend, the resident Christmas tree at the Village Green will be lit, replete with Christmas carols sung by the girl scouts and steaming hot chocolate for all. But, I am digressing ...

Tonight, my little downtown, which is all of three blocks long, was resplendent all decked out in holiday lights, glittering and twinkling. And, Roses and Rice was certainly the crown jewel ~ filled with poinsettias, lush floral arrangements and unique gifts. What a way to begin the holiday season ... dear friends, wine, hor d'ouevres, beautiful gifts ... what more could I ask for ... and, of course, I came home with a beautiful swan family for me!

I feel as if I have finally come "home" ...


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