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No Rants, Just A Few Raves About The Year Past

What we love, love, love about living in East Greenwich this week.


A bright shiny new year is about to begin. 2012 is no more. It is has ceased to be. It is bereft of life. It rests in peace. Summing up the last few months, one is tempted to say good riddance. Well, I am, anyway. But there were some positive moments. So rather than do my usual routine of looking ahead and list collective community resolutions (and really, what is the point, since we all know we’re going to renege by Valentine’s anyway), I’m going to take a reflective route and summon some of the happier moments of living in East Greenwich this past year.

(Warning: If this sounds a bit too Pollyannish for you, then you’re really going to hate this next sentence.) I read somewhere (probably Oprah!) that the attitude we have is our own personal advertisement. Actually, that sounds more like something written on a fortune cookie. Whatever. I can’t believe I just repeated that psychobabble. But this is the sort of sentiment a new year inspires. So, in the spirit of positivity (and self-advertisement), this week is all raves about living in East Greenwich. But because it is, after all, the holiday season, and because there are times when you really can’t have too much treacle, I am not going to list my memories. Please join me in a round of "A Few of My Favorite Things (about living in East Greenwich)":

Ice cream on cones and kayaking on the bay.

The driver who let me turn left onto Main.

Wild turkeys crossing Route Two in rush hour.

These are a few of my favorite things.

People walking around town saying, “Hi!” to

each other, sounding like they really mean it.

People actually walking on the streets.

These are a few of my favorite things.

A crime rate so low suspended licenses and

sick raccoons are mentioned in the police log.

Librarians who often forgive your fines.

These are a few of my favorite things.

When taxes rise,

when I can’t get a parking spot on Main,

I simply remember my favorite things

And then I love East Greenwich.

A health food store that isn’t Whole Foods (and costs less).

Shops promoting local goods and few big box stores.

A troll store (because it’s so wonderfully weird).

These are a few of my favorite things.

A skate store and music store (my kids made me put those in).

A tombstone that reads, “I’d rather be fishing.”

Four town parks big enough to lose yourself in.

These are a few of my favorite things.

Gingerbread pancakes at Jiggers and draft beer

at Fatbelly’s. Live music at the Greenwich Hotel,

The resurgence of the Odeum Theater.

These are a few of my favorite things.

When taxes rise,

when I can’t get a parking spot on Main,

I simply remember my favorite things

And then I love East Greenwich.

The Friends of the Library’s Winter Eve program

and their book sale coming up in May,

The time that Dave’s returned my wallet intact.

These are a few of my favorite things.

Dinner parties I can walk to (and more important, walk home from).

Working farms with real cows, horses, chickens and bees.

A school system that regularly rates in the top three.

These are a few of my favorite things.

An annual summer concert that’s the summer event of the year.

People who give up a Sunday afternoon to send a heart of love to the families

of Newtown.

Rushing to Chef-A-Roni and Pasta Patch for those last minute guests.

These are a few of my favorite things.

When taxes rise,

when I can’t get a parking spot on Main,

I simply remember my favorite things

And then I love East Greenwich.

Happy New Year!

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