I can always recall returning home as a freshman from Marist College in 2019 after being away for thirteen weeks. As we drove back through town, the fall leaves had left the trees and the town was preparing for the holiday season; Thanksgiving was only a day or two away. I gazed at the town I had called home for thirteen years as if for the first time.
When I got to my house and entered my bedroom it was sort of empty. My drawers had a few clothes inside that had been left behind, unworn for many years. I had packed light for this holiday visit knowing I’d be returning to school for just two more weeks before spending the winter break back in Bedford. For a moment there I felt like a stranger in my own room, memories from every year in high school stashed inside; my class ring, a photo album from senior year, a picture from my time as a cheerleader freshman year. I was most excited to be back in my own bed! Unlike my other classmates, I had not been home all semester. Sleeping on the little twin got old at school and I was excited to snuggle up in a familiar place of comfort and warmth.
There’s a new dashboard in town: Thanks to the efforts of Health and Human Services Director Heidi Porter, Fire Chief David Grunes, and Town Manager Sarah Stanton, a comprehensive look at Bedford’s coronavirus statistics is available on the Town website (and through a link at www.thebedfordcitizen.org as well!)
Turning 18 is always a pretty big deal for the new adult and their family, but sometimes the celebration spreads through a larger community.
More than 30 cars gathered in the parking lot at the Great Road Shopping Center on Saturday afternoon, November 14, to celebrate Aram Varjabedian’s 18th birthday with a surprise drive-by parade. The cars were accompanied by both Bedford police and fire department apparatus.
It’s true: 2020 has been a banner year for the difficult, and the unusual, but an ‘Attitude of Gratitude’ is said to make it all a little easier.
If you’re grateful for anything (large or small, silly or serious) in 2020, please click ‘Reply’ at the end of this post and share your thanks.