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Holly Brown on 'Being Grateful'


When Polly asked me to write a monthly blog for KALY, I said ok without really thinking about it. Then, when I thought about it, I realized I had just agreed to monthly homework. School was not my forte. And I am not a writer. Talker - yes. Writer - no.
Holly and Polly

But then, a few days later, I was taking my grandson out to buy a lacrosse equipment bag. Polly looked at Sam and said “please be grateful”. What a nice, simple message for a kid. And there was the basis for my first effort at this writing gig. 
Sam Zobel and his new present from Mimi

About a week before, I had been in the grocery store and, as often happens, I ran into a friend. This person started out as a customer at KALY twenty years ago and evolved into a friend. A few days later I ran into another KALY “friend”. I remember walking away in a good mood. Not really thinking about why I felt that way, just that my life felt good. Now, after giving it some thought, I realize that I am grateful for where I am in life. And much of that has to do with family, friends, and this community.

Life goes at a crazy pace sometimes. Technology is taking over our lives and we think it makes life easier. Personally, I am not sold on all that. And looking out on the streets of West Chester yesterday, I would say there are a lot of people who feel the same way. It was a beautiful sunny day and the cafes were full. People being with people.

We all have this great town, this community. And I, for one, am very grateful that I live here. Sure, you can buy whatever you want on Amazon, but you can’t get that personal connection that you get in the small stores and businesses that we have here or any other small town in America. And those personal connections have, for me, turned into life long friends. 

So - thank you to all the wonderful people who supported me and KALY for all those years. And thank you to all the old and new friends who still support KALY. I’ll see you at the grocery store. Don’t forget to stop and chat.

I have no idea what this homework assignment will produce next month. Stay tuned. Please.
by Holly Brown, 29April18