Special to The Swellesley Report from Carol Hildebrand
This idea popped into my head while listening to my daughter and her friend discuss some quirky habits specific to our neighborhood. It got me thinking: Like Boston’s Beacon Hill, or Southie, Wellesley has it’s own neighborhoods, each with their own traditions and personality.
I thought it might be fun to run little profiles of each, assuming that there are enough volunteers to do so. At any rate, here is ours. (Email yours here: firstname.lastname@example.org)
MoPo (Morses Pond)
Not surprisingly, the streets that ring Morses Pond bond over aquatics…
1. In the summer, you tell time by the hourly adult swim announcements at the beach.
2. You know that the bus is not the most direct way to get to school.
3. You buy a snow blower to clear a skating rink, not your driveway.
4. Rink size matters. Wintertime is for pond-wide ice parties.
5. Whereas summertime means pop-up island picnics…
6. Stand-up Paddleboard (SUP) as status symbol: That’s SO Pond.
7. Even more MoPo: Dump-sourced boats. (The guy who scored an ice boat at the dump is a legend.)
8. You know that pick-up hockey games aren’t extinct.
9. You love the sound of the ice talking.
10. You have a pooper scooper to clean up after the swans and geese, not your pets.
11. You don’t need an alarm clock in fishing season because the early morning boat chat does the job just fine.
12. You already know the North 40 hiking trails.
13. You can regularly delude yourself into thinking you’re on vacation in NH.
14. Great blue herons and Osprey as neighbors.
15. Docktails. Enough said.