Brooklyn Bridge
by Melvyn_Fein
 Social Commentary
March 14, 2012 10:28 AM | 1927 views | 1 1 comments | 69 69 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Once upon a time, a very long time ago, I grew up in the far away land of Brooklyn,New York.  Back then, it was my home.  So confined to its borders was I that I could scarcely imagine crossing the East River to visit the magical island of Manhattan.

Eventually, as a teenager I gathered my courage and ventured into the real New York.  I had to see for myself what those fabled museums and skyscrapers were like—up close and personal.  They did not disappoint.

Then I got it into my head to walk home from Manhattan to south Brooklyn.  The best way seemed to be to go over the Brookly nBridge.  Hence that is what I did.  And when I did, I had the bridge exclusively to myself.  I did not encounter a single soul from one end of the span to the other.

Yet times change.  This past weekend my wife and I visited New York Cityand stayed at a hotel fast by the fabled bridge.  This time the two of us decided to make the walk.  It would, we agreed, provide and unparalleled view of the city.

Happily, the spectacle was as grand as we hoped—but we were far from alone.  Not only the Geico Gecko, but tourists from around the world have made this a visitors’ Mecca.  They, along with many natives, accompanied us virtually every inch of the way.

New Yorkhas changed in other ways as well.  The people were friendlier than I remember and the place was much cleaner.  They have actually removed all of the graffiti from the Subway.

And yet some things don’t change.  At least they don’t change very much.  New Yorkers might be nicer than they were, but that did not stop one young man from insulting me as I jostled to get on an over-crowded subway car.  My wife got on the car before I did and I was anxious I was not left behind on the platform.  But that did not matter to this young man who was evidently eager to get home after a long day of work.

Nor was the city free of discarded rubbish.  On more than one occasion Linda remarked at how dirty the city was.  I explained that it was far tidier than in decades past, but as a country girl fromOhio, she could hardly believe this.

Our stay was a short—and an essentially pleasant one—but we were both pleased to return toGeorgia.  There may be nothing comparable to the Brooklyn Bridge in the Atlanta area, yet there is something at least as significant.  Georgians are hospitable people.  We felt this human dimension immediately upon arrival.

We were also struck by the newness of most Georgian buildings.  They are not just clean; they are unspoiled in their freshness.

Then, of course, there is the weather.  In New York it is still winter, while in Georgia the flowering trees proclaim that spring has arrived!

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March 14, 2012

Since it was your home town, it has memories that are too dear to let go. I feel that way about my home city too.

However, I am here in Georgia, quite like you, by choice.

"Georgians are hospitable people. We felt this human dimension immediately upon arrival."

My wife and I had been visiting our best friends in Georgia, for years. On her retirement, in Florida, we sold our home and moved here. We have not been disappointed.

The distance from where I am, to the end of the road of life, is much shorter than the distance of years I have traveled so far.

A part that is a bit nice, to me, is that the warmth of the folks here, was the warmth of the folks up north during the World War 2 years and on.

That is what makes me a conservative. I embrace the traditional values of the past while I welcome the technological changes of today and tomorrow.

I do not relish the changes of Progressives who have little respect for the values of a moral, family based society.
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