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6.28.2011

it was the window boxes that i couldn't get enough of...


window box 1

from the roof

flower box yellow, purple

chimchimchimeny

something about this color...

rainbow sandals

red brick, green ivy

flower box red tall

flower box red

there is a part of me that can't get enough of boston. a part of me utterly taken by the ubiquitous red brick and dark shudders. the cobblestone streets. window box after window overrun by flowers in bloom. it is lush and small. quiet and complex. 

my brother's not so keen on the city. he's a southern boy to the core and finds it difficult to meet people, finds the girls not terribly attractive (i think it's less about the girls and more about the proliferation of parkas and subsequent lack of pearls and sundresses). but i'm hoping he sticks around there a bit longer so i'll have many more chances to visit. 

after bringing the babysitting phase of my life to a close, enduring a sixteen-day-never-ending-cold, and then three weekends of (1) a mother in ny (2) a bus to connecticut to be with my grandfather and aunt and (3) a short stint in boston i'm breathing a bit easier tonight just glad to be home. glad that for now new york is home. glad to go to the grocer and get my cut of cheese and bouquet of flowers. glad to walk down the hill toward the hudson. glad to feel as though i'm a little more in my skin here than ever before. a little more in a place where anything is possible. even if it's still hard. still terrifying. still deeply upsetting at moments. because more and more it's feeling deeply worthwhile. 

24 comments:

Jennifer Rod said...

i love Boston too. Im visiting there this coming weekend and I cant wait.
Glad you are feeling better Meg...

Little Tree Vintage said...

there is no city like
new york city that's for sure although Boston is pretty awese too in its own way.. crazy that you babysat for
so long must be a difficult change I'm sure you got attached to the little ones..hope
you get your chance to relax now!

Alisha said...

Meg, you captured Boston beautifully! I'm glad you call NY home too. Now when can I come visit you?! Remember, we still have this writing gig to figure out :)

Anne said...

Oh, I love Boston, too! And as far as the pretty girls go, my sister lives in Boston, and is the sundress and pearl wearing type! If your brother wants to stop by the Banana Republic on Newbury Street, she should be there. Her name is Kate. :)

becky said...

I think I love your hope the most. That, and your internal beauty. Oh. And your ability to capture so much of my life in so few (wonderfully chosen) words.

Mackenzie said...

you caught so much of the loveliness of boston on camera. :) your feelings about new york are how i feel about boston, that hope that the city will eventually rise up to greet you. it will happen, i know it.

Alexandria said...

I hope your brother grows to fall in love with Boston. I promise, there are pretty girls up here, and some of them do wear pearls and sundresses :) But I'm glad you finally get a chance to relax a little bit and just be you. Live for you.

Ashley and Patrick said...

Best of luck to your brother. I am a California girl-born and raised-but I spent 3 years in Boston and I can tell you...the woman out there have nothing on southern women in hot climates. Poor guy. ;)

Katie said...

I went to new York city for my 21st birthday this past weekend and I think you are a very lucky girl, to be sure.

Jenni Austria Germany said...

just catching up on life in your next of the woods.

bringing the babysitting chapter of life to a close is never easy. i know from experience. easiest/best job ever? duh.

oh and i wouldn't be able to makethe 6:30 either. but for reasons unknown, i'd certainly try.

Brissa said...

boston looks beautiful! if i were him, i would never leave. i hope he ends up loving it and deciding to stay so you can visit the city (i mean him) more often.

Anait said...

Window boxes and rooftop gardens make me swoon. It is always so much easier to fall in love with a different place than with the one you are currently in.....but savouring the little things (like fresh cut flowers and a walk by the Hudson) make the ordinary special :)

Diana Mieczan said...

It's all about the little things and I love those flowers boxes. Fresh flowers always make me happy! Have a great day:)

Arianna said...

Although I've only been once, when I was there I was really enchanted by the city. I loved it so much, and I can't wait to go back. It just feels very cozy to me :)

Morgan said...

beautiful pictures! great job :)

-Morgan

littlealpaca.blogspot.com

brittany said...

i am a southern girl for sure, but i absolutely loved boston when i visited last winter! there is so much culture and history... and food! definitely hoping to visit again one day :)

Erin {pughs' news} said...

Boston looks beautiful {though I'm still a bit grumpy that they won the Stanley Cup and not my Vancouver...}

I'm a huge fan of window boxes myself! Have been known to take a million photos of them, too.

wishful nals said...

so gorgeous. and couldn't agree more. that feeling is irreplaceable. so glad that new york has met you halfway. xo

Kate said...

I've always wanted to go to Boston. My dad's traveled there for business and he really liked it.

Laurie said...

One of my best friends lives in Boston. Your brother should look her up! Here's her blog, she's a fantastic writer----http://awhitneymistake.blogspot.com/

nancy said...

you have such a wonderful way with words, and an enviable handle on the english language! I have so much fun reading through your posts (due also in part to your beautiful photos), thank you!

The Many Colours of Happiness said...

Boston looks so beautiful. I too adore the window boxes!! But it's so lovely to see you falling in love with NY all over again :) xoxo

sophie said...

what wonderful pictures of the city i'm lucky enough to call home!

i sympathize with your brother - it is hard to meet people here. tell him to join social boston sports - tonight is my first night of kickball and i have high hopes for new friends!

sophie
http://justliveintoit.blogspot.com

Jennifer M. said...

You're right - the windowboxes are so cool! I love the ones with the red flowers in them the best, I think.