Reading Time:

5 minutes

 

 

You'll Also Like:

14 Comments

  1. Tawnya Smith

    I loved this so much because of the picture of daily humanity we were let in on. I think this is also a glimpse of community we really do all long for….familiar, lived in, loved on, welcomed in. Loved getting a feel for her neighborhood…reminded me of my childhood growing up in an apartment complex.

    • BECKY SWANBERG

      Hey, stranger! 🙂 Thanks for chiming in with your thoughtful words. In a perfect world, the street where I live would be much closer to the street where you live!

  2. ivana split

    what an inspiring post! I love taking long walks…and there is something truly special about taking a long walk in our own neighbourhood. Meeting familiar faces is always an added bonus. I do think that walking in our neighbourhood can make us be more grateful and connected with the place we live in.

    Beautifully written article!

    • Becky

      “more grateful and connected”- YES. That is exactly my experience.

  3. Seana Turner

    I enjoy walking (when it isn’t winter) and I almost always take the same route. I’ve come to recognize the rhythms of my neighbors, such as the one who puts skeletons on her adirondack chairs at Halloween, or the one who counts down the days to spring on a wooden board. Seeing these familiar things makes me feel grounded and connected to this place. It’s a good feeling.

  4. Leslie

    I grew up near Omaha and proud Creighton alum! Loved reading this and remembering such the wonderful place where I grew up.

    • Becky

      Glad it brought back good memories, Leslie. (Go Jays!)

  5. Kathleen

    I loved this so much! I used to do a daily walk around my neighborhood, but have gotten out of the habit. I’m inspired to get back to it!

  6. Jillian

    Thanks for sharing. I loved reading about your neighbourhood & equating it to my own. I too moved frequently as a child so really resonated with this sentence “My own childhood was nomadic, and while I did grow up deeply rooted, it was more like a potted plant, roots deep in the soil of a family and not in the knowledge of one familiar place.” Such a great way of explaining it. We now live in the house my husband grew up in & have been in this neighbourhood for many years.

    • BECKY SWANBERG

      It’s kind of a strange thing to offer your kids a childhood that feels so different than your own, right? Glad you get to enjoy both.

  7. Lori

    Beautiful ❤️

  8. Ane Frislid Sveinhaug

    I loved this piece! So many of the things you write about resonate with me (roots, choice of neighbourhood) – except for the evening walk. This actually inspired me to start taking more evening walks, especially now, when spring is right around the corner!

  9. Katy

    “My own childhood was nomadic, and while I did grow up deeply rooted, it was more like a potted plant, roots deep in the soil of a family and not in the knowledge of one familiar place.”
    This. So much this. We moved quite a bit in my childhood and as a result I’m still grappling with what “home” means, but this is a great description.

  10. Cara

    I really loved this on so many levels! We have recently moved and the number one thing I miss about our last house is our wonderful, eclectic neighborhood and my daily walks around it ( a tradition also started out of desperation for a quiet moment to myself). I haven’t quite found my groove in our new space. On a separate note, Omaha is one of my very favorite cities to visit and I was so pleasantly surprised to get to the end of your essay and see that Omaha is your home!

Get the weekly email called
5 Quick Things,

where Tsh shares stuff she either created herself or loved from others.
(It can be read in under a minute, pinky-swear.)