Our Untraditional Market Place
As we go into the healing of a "growing phase" of our community, I wanted to share how I have come to see progress here.
I look out, and up the street, and see a shop with an Australian flair, their unique side of the universe and culture that they share with us, as their shop reflects the traditions and and lifestyles they know and love.
I see, next door to them a store with a Canadian shop keeper. Then there is a Scottish feel to the next window down the street. Across for that one, the adventurous ones who share their love of sports or travel, with their display showing beautiful snowcovered mountains with people skiing. Then the displays from some U S shop owner,
Look, someone is helping get some boxes from the street into the shop next to that one. Some one else is helping a neighbor with a droopy awning to be more secure. They are busy exchanging greetings in many different languages, getting the day started in their respective shops.
The street is long, there are many windows and shop fronts with all sorts of wares and opportunities for living a better life. The origin of the country proudly proclaimed. Many different lands, all different ages, young tech guys, still in school to retired individuals who are working hard to build their shops and share with the world out there. Each shop keeper is dedicated and loyal and hardworking and honest.
As the view from the street goes from one season to another, the view shows a neighborhood of continued growth, with the understanding and our tolerance of each other and out different lives, interests, habits, traditions, wants, needs and dreams. I see such a blend of different cultures, each bringing out the best in all of us. We all know that to survive and survive well, we must help, respect, be kind, and encouraging to our neighbors. We will survive better together and in unity, loyal to the base we build from.
I see the shyness of some of the new shopkeepers as they unveil the colors they have chosen to "paint" their interior, the banners they have chosen to hang, the products they have chosen to sell, the education to help their customers understand how to properly use these products- the obvious desire to help their fellow man with his needs.
Next door another shopkeeper has brazenly thrown open the door to vivid colors with sharp contrasts, The product is proudly displayed in a boisterous manner. There is loud music, and people coming and going, smiling and chatting.
Across the street there is a more somber window, with it's door open, the shopkeeper standing in the doorway dressed in "business" attire, flicking a feather duster about.The wares stacked tastefully for customers to see and buy.
Yes, it is with pride that I view the scene before me! Makes the learning more important, knowing that one day soon I will be joining the others and throwing my shop doors open. Thank you for all your help and support- Won't tomorrow be fun, and it will be so interesting to see what the "street" looks like in this warm summer morning sun~~~~~ Wave to me as you stroll by,