Saturday, April 15, 2006

Back Bay

This morning I awoke in a large oval sitting room staring up at the ceiling which must be fifteen feet high, in a townhouse built in the late 1800’s in the Back Bay section of Boston, Massachusetts. After the Civil War Boston flourished and row after row of impressive stone and brick houses were built for the burgeoning upper middle class along the banks of the Charles River and eastward. My work brings me here each year and when it does I rent a small apartment in one of those old houses. Although the paint is flaking on the windows and walls, I prefer it to a barren hotel room. There is life here.

It is spring in the Back Bay, the magnolia trees are in full flower and pink clouds of color fill every block. Last night as I was walking home I allowed myself the joy of brushing my head just beneath a low hanging limb. The newly opened flowers, firm but soft, rolled through my hair, the delicate flesh of the abundant flower heads met my own and they might have spoken to me as I passed beneath them and on my way.

7 Comments:

Blogger Cathy said...

What a rare gem you are, Richard.
Happy Easter, friend.

2:31 AM  
Blogger Signora B. said...

You have been missed .How beautiful you write.
Happy Easter,Richard.

2:59 AM  
Blogger Sharon said...

Yes, so beautiful! Glad you are writing again!

10:48 PM  
Blogger Claire said...

Love, love Boston! Sounds like a nice place to stay. I am glad to see that you are still in one piece!

1:18 PM  
Anonymous Jan said...

Too bad Back Bay doesn't have that many decent places where one can eat outside. Except for touristy and crowded Newbury St, of course.

Have you ever eaten at Metropolis Cafe? If their risottos are still as good as they were two and a half years ago this small place is definitely worth a visit. I also envy you for having Harrell's ice-cream just across the river.

Quaint city, but an intellectually very stimulating place, indeed.

4:58 PM  
Blogger Victoria said...

Welcome back to the USA. In two weeks I will be traveling to your town. Although I will only be in Germany for two days I am looking forward to it. Especially since I am of German ancestory.
Enjoy your stay,
Victoria

4:48 AM  
Blogger piu piu said...

glad youre back online...!

10:48 PM  

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