Boston, You’re Our Home

There are a lot of reasons why I love Boston. And while obviously winning the World Series the other night is certainly near the top of that list, I’m reminded of so many amazing moments and places growing up in this amazing city. As a north shore kid, geographically speaking, I thought that just after Quincy was the Bourne Bridge and the Cape. Little did I know.

I did eventually expand my horizons and ventured far beyond Quincy, but I still hold Boston close to my heart and it’s still my most favorite place in the world. And as I polled my friends and family as to their favorites, I was amazed at the response. Here is a sampling:

  1. Skating on the frog pond (Lisa)
  2. Driving back and forth over and over by Kelley’s down Revere Beach on a Saturday night
  3. Riding the Swan Boats with my sister and mother in the Boston Public Garden
  4. One of my favorite memories as a kid was when you first come out of the tunnel areas at Fenway and you’re so close to the field and players. My dad always took me in for my birthday! (Art)
  5. Riding the Swan Boats in the Public Garden with my nana and cousins (Denise)
  6. Celtics games at the old smoky Boston Garden, with the ceiling filled with smoke – vivid memories (David)
  7. I loved when we drove under the Star Market on the pike on our way into the city (Kim)
  8. 4th of July fireworks on the Charles! (Craig)
  9. Southie with my grandmother in the Old Harbor projects… Then visiting my uncles at the Old Colony projects… AND Carson Beach, of course (Patricia)
  10. St. Patrick’s Day Parades in Southie… and the old movie theater on Broadway (Patricia)
  11. Taking the Orange Line into North Station for games at the old Boston Garden
  12. Thanksgiving Day football games
  13. Driving over the Tobin Bridge into the city on our way to the circus
  14. Duck Boat parades!!!
  15. The Prudential at night when they light up GO SOX or GO B’S or GO PATS or GO C’s
  16. The old John Hancock’s beacon with colored lights indicating rain or snow or clear skies ahead
  17. The elevated route 93 that snaked through the city
  18. The Hilltop cows and cactus
  19. Augustine’s restaurant dinners on Route 1 with my grandmother
  20. The Topsfield Fair with my first real girlfriend and then at Halloween, Scream in the Dark!
  21. The Boston Garden from the 80’s – and no AC! Made for steamy June playoff basketball between Celts and Lakers. 1986- the Celtics championship parade! (Amy)
  22. Pi Alley movie theater on Washington Street downtown. Scary to think what went on in there! (Amy)
  23. Buzzy’s Roast Beef after the bars closed (Michele)
  24. Bruins at the Garden. That building smelled like.. well, let’s call it “hockey” (Richard)
  25. The drive-in theatres in Revere and Medford (Karen)
  26. Concerts at the Hatch Shell with my Dad (Miranda)
  27. Roller blading at Roller World in Saugus
  28. Hanging out with the basketball team after a big game at Prince Pizza
  29. Dinner at Augustine’s with my grandmother
  30. The Falmouth Road Race
  31. Hanging out at Strawberries in Downtown Crossing
  32. My first concert at the Orpheum
  33. Walking my first dog at the Salem Willows!
  34. Shows at the Rat, Narcissus, the Paradise, The Channel, Toad, Johnny D’s, Scullers, and TT’s
  35. WBCN and WFNX
  36. Smoots
Fenway Park – Boston

Truth be told, there’s an endless array of places and events that make up our collective childhoods and the place we love to call home. So, as we celebrate another magical win by the Red Sox, let’s always remember where we came from.