July 28, 2011

my tiny little world.

I'm big on befriending the people I see regularly. 

There's the friendly guy at the corner market, the one who knows what I'll grab and sometimes does it for me. As soon as I walk in, he calls out my name and says hello--asks how my week has been, how Radley is doing. Every once in a while, too, he'll throw in a pack of Sweet Mint Orbit (my favorite) for free, then wink and wish me a good day.

Not to mention just about every employee at the local sandwich shop, the ones who know that I like my sub simple and Radley likes his with everything. The ones who high-fived me when I graduated, who squealed and cheered when I showed them my engagement ring, who tell me jokes as I wait for my order.

And then, of course, there's the lady who does our dry cleaning--the sweetest, most smiley little woman who runs to the window and waves every time we walk by. (Seriously, it's the cutest.) She asks about our latest vacations, what we're up to, and--naturally--what event this dress/that skirt is for.

Sometimes, during especially busy weeks, I see these people just as often--or maybe even more--than I see my friends and family. They make up the tiny little world on our block, the community of people who share little more than a street name. 

But I have to say, when I'm walking to Starbucks and waving hello to them as they pass (like Belle's "Bonjour!" in Beauty and the Beast), I'm convinced that they're some of the best connections I have.

(Photo: Carsten Drews)


Caroline said... [Reply to comment]

I love my farmers' market friends!! Can't wait to meet you lady! xo.

Ana Magdalena said... [Reply to comment]

what a beautiful post. Thanks for the food for thought, I spend a lot of time making such connections but sometimes I am so busy going around that I don't even notice.

Cassie said... [Reply to comment]

This post today has made me realize how quickly I'm just walking by people that help me and I don't take the time to say more than "thank you".

Thanks for the reality check. :)

missy. said... [Reply to comment]

that is so cool. i wish i had a connection like that. but i don't ever go to the same place often enough to have that happen. i hope you find this in SF :)

Allie said... [Reply to comment]

Love this! Plus the reference to Belle was too good. :) We do create tiny little worlds for ourselves.

Laura said... [Reply to comment]

This is adorable! It sounds so charming :) I love kind people like that (and you) that are willing to go outside of themselves and be genuinely kind and caring to strangers.

christine donee said... [Reply to comment]

I love the fact that in big Los Angeles city life, I can find simple small-town love in the people I see frequently too.. it sort of warms my heart a bit.

Hannah J. Holmes said... [Reply to comment]

this is really beautiful. sounds like you live in a wonderful community :)

Anna said... [Reply to comment]

I love the Belle analogy :) I can just picture you floating around your neighborhood with a huge smile and basket on your arm.

DJ said... [Reply to comment]

I love this post :)