Random Thoughts

Observations of Melrose, Mass.

by Bill Jodrey

The map of the City of Melrose is not far off from a nearly perfect square and, all things considered, the City lives up to its shape in many ways.

Take a walk along the main street and be ready to respond to the many smiles and "howdys" you will receive along the way.

I think that the pleasant smiles of our citizens reflect the attitudes of the offices and the officers who are responsible for the care of the city proper and its citizens. They are always ready to lend a helping hand.

It is always pleasant to look into the windows of the shops and restaurants to see what is new or perhaps who those people are who are playing Phase Ten while waiting for their food to be prepared at Papa Gino's or The Irish Food Shop.

One day I saw three little children leave the Y.M.C.A. with their mother who was carrying a sled. The youngsters insisted that she was to ride on the sled and they proceeded to run and slide down East Foster Street on the sidewalk with Mommy dragging her feet so that no one was in harms way.

October 6, 2000

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