Why I Love My Hometown

by Renee Sklarew

Renee Sklarew

Living in the nation's capital feels like sharing an apartment with a daunting giant who rules the world, while we, his roommates, go about our business. We live in the shadow of power. While some of our neighbors make decisions affecting the globe, others work to keep up with their groceries.

Mostly, we feel safe here and dine in restaurants of every ethnic cuisine. We care about the environment and raise our little Washingtonians to appreciate the rainbow of people they encounter every day. We willingly share our good fortune, even if we grumble about it occasionally.

Generally we obey the laws, try not to endanger others, and respect nature when we have the opportunity to enjoy it. We want to learn, long after our formal schooling, by reading and visiting our magnificent museums. We like the change of seasons, except when the humidity makes us weak at the knees. We love Metro and hate driving, but we do it a lot. Close by we have geographical choices -- rivers, oceans, mountains, beaches, along with parks, urban and suburban. We can enjoy sports as individuals or as spectators. While we indulge our pets, we share our town with wildlife like squirrels and deer.

It costs a lot to live here, but we think it's worth it. We struggle to afford our homes and lifestyle. We're giddy when the cherry blossoms bloom, no matter how many times we walked among their cotton candy petals.

We care passionately about our government. We represent the pulse of the country and the founders of democracy. He's our Lincoln, our Jefferson, and the Vietnam Memorial is our wall of perished veterans. We're entrusted to keep them safe and well-tended. We welcome you to visit and share our pride. Though we complain about traffic, it's still home.

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By washingtonpost.com editors  |  January 26, 2009; 9:01 AM ET  | Category:  John Kelly's Picks
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Fantastic article and very well presented by Renee Sklarew. We have so much right under our noses that we all should take the time from our busy lives to appreciate at least some if not all of them!


Posted by: tdorsett | January 29, 2009 1:18 PM

Best one so far.

Posted by: onlyghost | February 27, 2009 9:34 AM

Best entry by far.

Posted by: August30 | February 27, 2009 11:28 AM

I smiled the entire time I read this essay. I loved it!

Posted by: Nick20 | February 27, 2009 1:02 PM

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