Monday, April 25, 2011
Thanks to one of my blog readers I recently watched the attached YouTube video, which struck me in its simplicity: no narration or explanation needed, the images speak for themseleves.
The things that were going through my mind while I watched amounted to all the reasons I stay in East Hampton. I could hear everything others say about why they leave ("It's too crowded now", "too much traffic", "lines to long at the grocery store", etc) but watching this enabled me to answer them all with the same thing: "I can't leave this!"
I think that those of us who have survived the changes that have occurred out here on the East End have done so with tenacity and determination. We learn to work around the annoyances (I actually left for my morning walk this week at 6am instead of 7 and it made all the difference! Little traffic and no fumes. It was worth getting up earlier for!) and we learn to be more patient and generous. After all, if we love it here why shouldn't everyone else in the world? We shop at off hours, we plan our weekends to stay at home as much a possible, and we know that the summer months will be annoying if we let it all get to us, so we don't. Because at the end of the day, for 9 months of the year we get to live in a little bit of paradise, watching the birds working along the shore in the fall, and enjoying a gentle rain on Accabonac Harbor in the Spring.
Life just doesn't get much better....