Saturday, August 27, 2011

City Noise

I loved the openness of Utah's roads.  I loved the stars I saw at night.

Right now, I love the crickets outside my window.

But I also miss the noise of the city.

I just read an NPR article detailing the East Coast preparations for Irene.  The writing was so perfect, I honestly felt the eeriness of NYC shutting down.  Thinking about NYC finally having quiet streets and seeing dozens of pictures of Ocean City Maryland empty (a place I only ever saw totally packed) really makes me miss the bustle of city life.  Sure, Oshkosh is a city.  A good 70,000 people live here, but we live all spread out in suburbs and neighborhoods.  No high rises.  No buildings with constant flashing lights.  No parks where there is always someone walking through.

I guess my final conclusion is just that I'm grateful I grew up with a 360 degree view of the world, nearly empty as far as the eye could see; only to later fall in love with concrete streets, surrounded by concrete walls, and covered with anthills of people.   


Polly Blevins said...

I think it is wonderful that you have had both ends of the spectrum and love both of them. I would dare to say that because of that, you could be truly happy anywhere. That is a gift.

Anonymous said...

Polly, Liz did grow up in "Nowhere U.S.A." that's why she can be so content anywhere!

I've grown quite fond of "Nowhere U.S.A." over the years myself and wouldn't trade it for anywhere!

Missin' my baby girl and her baby boy with the lost SuperMan t-shirt (oh sorry for mentioning that).


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