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Tuesday, March 09, 2010
Laughing in the Face of My Least Favorite Month (an ongoing project)
March 9th - Reason to be cheerful: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
I was born in the City of Brotherly Love (South Philadelphia to be exact) and lived there until I was 12. When we moved to the suburbs, I missed Philly. I missed the gritty streets, the corner stores, the music that seemed to come streaming out of every open window on a warm summer's night, the smell of a million different foods that hit you when you walked down 9th street, the trolley that shambled up our street sending off sparks from the electric cable wires above, the goofy but earnest celebration of New Years day with the Mummer's parade, the shady guys who offered the neighborhood kids ten cents to run errands for them ... but most of all I missed the Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and friends we left behind. When I got older, I learned to appreciate the history of my home city as well as it's peculiar beauty - I once heard someone call Philadelphia, "Athens on the Delaware"- maybe that's a bit overstated, but it works for me. Whenever I go back to Philly, I understand that you can indeed go home.