“Towns change; they grow or diminish, but hometowns remain as we left them.”

My house was cold this morning, down to 62˚, despite the closed windows and doors. Fall is that time of year when outside is warmer than inside. I turned on the heat to warm the house. I have no guilt.

Today’s a pretty day with a blue sky and an abundance of sunlight. The breeze is ever so slight.

Yesterday I did nothing constructive despite my list. I finished my book then watched bad movies. They buoyed my spirit. A couple of times I even rooted for the creature.

CNN and MSNBC were part of my day, but I can’t take them any more. There are hundreds of commercials during each break. What’s worse is they are repeated several times during the day. I would never buy Car Shield.

Henry is upstairs napping. He has been there an hour or so, but he does come downstairs when I let him know his coffee is ready.

When I was growing up, my town was small. Uptown, as we called the square, was filled with stores. I loved to window shop. I’d walk my bike along the sidewalk. The aroma of bread baking wafted from Hank’s Bakery. I remember so well the inside of Hank’s. They had old glass display cases filled with cupcakes and cookies. A massive bolt of string was attached to the wall above a table with a stack of white boxes. The string was red and white. I liked to watch the ladies who worked there grab the end of the string and expertly tie it a couple of times around the filled bakery boxes before they finished with a bow on top. Just down from Hank’s was the fish market. It had a weird smell, not quite fishy but rather a combination of smells, a wrinkle your nose type smell. In the warmer months, the firemen sat outside the bay doors of the fire station. I remember the chairs were wooden and had arms. I always stopped to say hello. The police station was part of the fire station complex. I never stopped there.

The town hall is an old brick building just beyond the fire station. It has an auditorium. That’s where we made the record album with Guy Lombardo, and that’s where the church fair was always held when I was in grammar school. The last time I was in the town hall was in 1969 when I registered for an absentee ballot before leaving for Ghana. I remember it was cooler inside than it was outside, and it was like a warren of little offices behind closed doors with glazed windows.

I need another cup of coffee, and I suspect Henry would like another taste. He is definitely my dog.

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6 Comments on ““Towns change; they grow or diminish, but hometowns remain as we left them.””

  1. Christer. Says:

    It has been pouring down here all day but from now on we’ll only get showers they say 🙂 Last time we had a shower it lasted all day 🙂 🙂

    In my old home town each district was built like a mlittle twon so we all had our own town square. Our had a couple of smaller stores, a bakery, a library and a super market. The closest neighborhood however had a butcher and a fish market, quite a long distance from the town square.

    Nothing much is left now days though. Last time I was there the super market had become a furniture stor, the bakery is still there though and so was the library. Now days everyone drives to huge stores outside the city but I do miss all those tiny stores we had.

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      Hi Christer,
      I envy you your rain. The last time we had any it lasted maybe 5 minutes. On the weather tonight rain wasn’t mentioned but the cold was. It will get down to the 40’s by Thursday. On goes my heat again.

      That’s really interesting about the little town squares. How far apart were those squares? You had the best stores and library. I would have like your town square. I agree about the big stores. Around here Hyannis is the big spot for all the chain stores and shopping centers. My village has a small strip mall. Dennisport and East Dennis have their own shops, all different in each village, except for the donut shops. They are everywhere.

      Enjoy your day!!

      • Christer. Says:

        It all depended on how big the district was or is I should say. Where I lived it was perhaps two miles to the closest one and perhaps three to the next one. Sometimes we did walk to the other close one because there was also a maritime museum with an aquarium museum in the basement. There one still can look at all the fish swimming in the ocean just outside the city and the lakes around it. They also had aquariums with tropical fish and terarriums. I loved that place and it didn’t cost a thing when I was a kid 🙂

      • katry Says:

        I understand why you would love that place.

        When I was kid, there was no aquarian, but a huge one was built in Boston. It has a giant tank in the middle, a tall giant tank. You can walk to the top and see all sorts of fish, even sharks. It is expensive!

  2. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Amazingly, Trump has had a miraculous three day recovery from Covid-19. I assume he’s heading back out on the campaign trail spreading the virus along with his lies. The Republicans in the Senate are not going to take up the Covid relief package passed in the house with no Republican votes. They really care about those folks who are unemployed by the pandemic or underemployed. However, the Senate is rushing ahead to confirm Trump’s right wing appointment to the Supreme Court. She’s said that she’s against a woman’s right to chose and she thinks poll taxes are constitutional. Let’s all take a trip back to 1955. 🙁

    Another gorgeous sunny day with temperatures a little warmer. The high today was 84°.

    When I was a little kid in Brooklyn my mother and grandmother would take me with them shopping in neighborhood. I remember the butcher, the dairy store and the bakery. The smell of fresh baked bread still makes me hungry even if I just ate. In small towns today the small local stores are gone and replaced by the big box places such as Walmart. Soon online shopping may even replace them, with their own online store. Kind of like the Sears catalog was replaced by toilet paper. 🙂

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      Trump is the super-spreader. He looked so defiant when he took his mask off and just stood there.

      You could tell he was having trouble breathing when he walked up the White House steps to the balcony last night. He is most decidedly still suffering despite the cocktail of medication he is taking. The video he made last night is perilous to the American people. “Don’t be afraid of Covid.”

      Now he is saying he won’t work on a $$ package until after he is reelected. I don’t know what to say anymore.

      I’m with you and the smell of bread baking. Slather it with butter, and I would eat the whole loaf. The cape still has small towns because Hyannis has all the big box stores. Lowe’s tried to get property here in South Dennis, but the town wouldn’t allow the sale. We do have a strip mall with stores. I like it is all in one placard not all around the town (actually I live in a village).

      Enjoy the warmth.

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