We have come to the end of a great 4th of July celebration. Patriotic Porches abound in East Beach, Norfolk, Virginia. This has become one of my favorite holidays due to the way it is celebrated by this community. It truly amazes me how the entire East Beach neighborhood captures the holiday and joins the festivities.
I love how everyone embraces the red, white, and blue…
The Red, White, and Blue
The Creation of Family Traditions
Oh, and the Rain
But that certainly didn’t dampen the enthusiasm!
When our retirement became a reality, we had no plans of relocating as soon as we did. However, we did make the decision to be closer to our Grand daughters and to make a difference in their lives, the kind of difference that cannot be made long distance with visits several times a year. When we were introduced to the “community” of East Beach we felt comfortable in making a move. As with any change, it takes time to acclimate.
A community is commonly considered a social unit (a group of three or more people) who share something in common, such as norms, values, identity, and often a sense of place that is situated in a given geographical area (e.g. a village, town, or neighborhood).
Patriotic is defined as having or expressing devotion to and vigorous support for one’s country.
A critical reason for choosing to relocate to East Beach was the old fashioned sense of community. It was the way I grew up, neighbors knowing neighbors and looking after each other. The streets alive with residents taking strolls all times of the day, walking their dogs, stopping and talking on their porches, walking on the beach, touring in their golf carts, always with a “Hello” or friendly wave. The open spaces and parks are alive with children and their laughter, playing together.
This time of year those feelings are reinforced, and punctuated with color. I am again reminded that I am part of a community. A bonus for me…I have found a Patriotic Community.