MY HOME TOWN – Marilyn Armstrong

My Home Town

It’s a small town. Main Street, north and south of Route 16 which crosses Uxbridge down the middle and moves on to other towns.

Thank you, Nancy Merrill, for offering such a great topic for photographs. I have had three home towns: New York, Jerusalem, and Uxbridge. With each change of home, my town has become smaller. There are a lot of issues involved in living in the country, but it beats out any city, at least for us. The beauty of our world is unmatched.

I wouldn’t mind a movie theatre and a bit more shopping,  but it’s a good and beautiful place to live. Whatever may be wrong with it, we are not spending our lives fighting for parking spaces, driving through endless crowded roads … and coping with the grime and grit of bigger cities.



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17 replies

  1. What a wonderful home town, Marilyn.

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  2. Uxbridge has some nice old buildings and looks like a nice place to live. I think we appreciate the small towns more when we are older. I would like to go to the movies or the theatre (If I could afford it) but it can be a once in a while special outing. I don’t even miss shops much now as most of them don’t have the sort of things I want to buy anyway. Probably the main thing I miss is public transport.

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    • I miss public transport. And I miss things like a simple hardware store. As for clothing, I don’t like anything they sell in stores anyway. And we can’t afford theaters anyway. The prices are insanely high. Even a regular movie is more than we are willing to pay, especially since we can order it, download it and watch it for half the price of ONE movie ticket! And make our own popcorn — if we could eat popcorn, that is.

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      • Same here, so I don’t miss city life the way I would have 20 years ago. I am a bit surprised you don’t have a hardware store. Even Geeveston has one of those.

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        • We used to have one in Whitinsville, but they simply didn’t get enough traffic. There is Koopman’s which is a lumber yard and sells every other thing you need for your house. There are three of them and one in Uxbridge. They compete very successfully with Home Depot, too. But there wasn’t room for both, which is a pity. When I wanted something small, I always went to the hardware store.

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  3. definitely a wonderful place. and wonderful photos. a great tribute.

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    • You don’t see a lot of praise for little towns like ours. We are small. We lack a lot of facilities that everyone thinks are necessary — but aren’t. We’re not particularly historical, but we’ve been hanging around the middle of Massachusetts for a long time. And beautiful is what we are 😀

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  4. This seems to be a beautiful place. As I lived in a small town for a while when I helped my uncle at his home with his health issues, I also realized that small towns have a slower less stressful life… no joke, I actually thought time would run slower. It was about the surrounding nature, the animals, the colors in summer, less hectic people, smaller stores, fewer people… the whole experience somehow slowed time down. In a city you constantly see people being busy, stresses and what not… fast moving cars, unfriendly people… time seems to pass much faster when you see all those stressed people, and when you become part of it too, which just happens in a city.

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    • That’s true. You also don’t have traffic jams or have to go to war for a parking space. You lose some stuff — shopping and museums, for example. No theaters. But life goes slower and no one thinks it strange if you don’t hurry anywhere. People drive slower and sometimes, it is so beautiful it takes my breath away.

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  5. It really is a beautiful part of the country, Marilyn.
    Leslie

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  6. I think I have commented this before – we lived for years near the original English Uxbridge in Middlesex. A very old town now swallowed up into Greater London and very near Heathrow Airport. Its current claim to fame is that it is the constituency of our Prime Minister – not something it deserved! Your Uxbridge, Marilyn sounds very different.

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    • In theory, anyway, your Uxbridge is our twin town. We exchanged gifts a few years ago, too. I knew that it was swallowed by London. It happens here, too. Boston has swallowed half a dozen or more towns. Uxbridge is very physically big because other towns asked us to “adopt” them because we have a school system and a firehouse and engines and many towns have neither. That’s also why Los Angeles is huge having eaten half of southern California. I know a few towns have resisted, but it doesn’t usually work out well. They simply don’t have the funding to stay alive on their own.

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