It is easy to come home from travels and unfairly measure our city against all that I love about where I’ve been. I wish we had street vendors, independent coffee shops on every corner, brownstones with blue front doors and potted flowers on entryway steps. How fantastic it would be to have ships in the harbor, historic monuments, more Greek restaurants and old down town cobblestone streets.
But we have the ocean. And I love the ocean.
And we have all the places to love…right here.
Yesterday, we returned to one of Lainey’s favorite places–a fruit and vegetable market just a couple miles away.
It is an event to her; we have a routine. She picks out everything on her own, bags the fruit herself, remembers to get jalepenos and avacados–Brett’s favorites, samples the watermelon, and pays the clerk with the twenty dollar bill I hand her.
We eat our fruit out front–on the green bench under the big tree, and we end our market experience with a walk to the small nursery that hugs the side of the produce mart. I let the girls loose through rows of jewel toned petunias, potted daisies and a sea of geraniums.
I remind Lainey every time that the bees aren’t out to get her–that calmly shooing them away is a better choice than screaming and running.
We drive by that market almost every day. Lainey never hesitates to announce, “That’s our market.” To her, it belongs to us.
I love the brilliant colors of the market. I love the things that make our town what it is…ours and a place to love.
We brought a little color home, too.
Friday Photo Dump:
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There’s still plenty of weekend to enjoy!