I went into Corwin's Jewelry store last week in Southampton. I had never been in there before, simply because I don't shop that often in Southampton in jewelry stores, and when I do I've been known to frequent London Jewelers in East Hampton or Rose in Southampton. Anyway, that's neither here nor there, but I won a gift certificate to Corwin's in a raffle and a friend is celebrating a birthday so I stopped in and was very pleasantly surprised at what a nice place it was.
None of that has anything to do with my point though. As I was being taken care of by the nice owner, who is a still a Corwin, I noticed an old photo in a frame and mentioned it to him. He promptly took it down and handed it to me to look at and I was enchanted. It was a photo from the late 1800s of the Corwin Jewelry Store on Main Street. Same store, same family, very different Main Street! There was a line of horse-drawn buggies pulled up where now modern cars sit, diagonally facing the stores. Each horse had a nice plaid blanket draped over it, so it must have been winter, although there was no snow on the ground. The carriages were all small, with big wheels and small passenger compartments, not big wagons or buckboards. They were for one or two people with covers that came up from the back and across the top to protect the occupants from the rain - at least a little!
I stared at that photo thinking about the early days of our east end community and how vibrant and beautiful it was even two hundred years ago. How wonderful it must have been to see those horses tied up to posts while their owners shopped in the very same shop I was in, buying jewelry just like I was. It's a very special thing to live in the same place your entire life. It becomes part of your very being and looking at an old photo just makes you feel part of the past as well as the future, and it makes you hope you can leave something behind as special as the folks in that photo did.