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18 March 2010 @ 02:54 pm
 
Yesterday, on my way to work, I passed one of my neighbors who I've come to be friendly with because she's often out walking her dog when I'm walking to or from Davis Square. I haven't seen her as much lately, because she recently had foot surgery, so hasn't been out and about, but she happened to be on her porch as I was passing by in the morning, so we were able to catch up for a moment as I passed.

On my way home, I waved at fennel in his office, as I do several times a week. This one-second interaction is disproportionately cheering about 99% of the time, considering its size and scope.

Then I passed my downstairs neighbors as they headed into Davis; we smiled at each other and said hi, but didn't stop. And as I was crossing Willow Ave, I heard a voice calling my name and turned to see my friend Katherine driving by and waving at me. I hardly ever see her, but it made me smile just to pass each other and wave.

And all of this made me think about how much I value these little interactions and how they all disproportionately brighten my day and sense of happiness and well-being. I like that my life is such that I can live in a big (to me -- remember, I grew up in a town of 200 people) metropolitan area and still have many of the pleasures of small town living.
 
 
I'm feeling: cheerfulcheerful
 
 
 
Boring Nerdsignsoflife on March 18th, 2010 07:59 pm (UTC)
I am amused that you feel you have to qualify "big"!
Rowan: Wintermzrowan on March 18th, 2010 08:11 pm (UTC)
That's one of the reasons I fell in love with this area -- it's the best of both worlds, small and big.
lazyzlazyz on March 18th, 2010 09:33 pm (UTC)

Food Hole give 10% discount to seniors on Thursdays so I run into all sorts of old timers I know there. I like it. Glad you have that experience, too.
Catherine R and Kira expected here next week.
whynotkaywhynotkay on March 19th, 2010 12:58 am (UTC)
I am always disproportionately cheerful at running into people as well, and I'm not sure why, since I could see many of them just by going over to their places. I wonder if it is related to not always wanting the cold anonymity of the big city thing.

Saturday was a bonanza (three different sets of people at the farmer's market and then one at the grocery store right afterwards).
D. Fennelfennel on March 19th, 2010 06:43 pm (UTC)
Disproportionate cheering: me too! But you knew that.
Martha42itous on April 3rd, 2010 03:25 am (UTC)
Camberville is a lot of small towns superimposed on each other. The strangers are a backdrop, like the painted set of Our Town, and people with speaking roles occasionally cross the stage and brighten your day. And the funny and magical thing is, each of those backdrop strangers has his own little town where he runs into people he knows, and they may or may not be people you also know. Sort of dimension-warping, isn't it?