The other day, I decided to have a nostalgia day & explore my old neighborhood of 20 & Pine. I miss it dearly--I develop such a routine with where I live, so I've been having some daily withdrawals of my favorite daily spots, lately. Especially the "mini-Whole Foods" market known as "Food & Friends." Everybody is so friendly, & the interior felt like a modern-French bistro-organic mix. So, naturally, it was a pleasant little stop to grab simply & yummy foods.
After reminiscing (probably a bit too much), & being that I'm from the country, I realized how similar living on a "block" is to living in a small country town; you see familiar faces everywhere you go, you tend to stick to & support your local spots, &, more importantly, when you leave it & come back, it magically feels like home all over again. It's a comfortable feeling, & I love that. As though you'd defend it, do anything to help it, & welcome it to become a part of you always.