What a ride.
The exhausting part of my yesterday and today was essentially meaningless- too many people adding too much noise to my system, and not giving enough back. My many and varied correspondents sucked up goatloads of my time, asking, demanding, and sending me an astonishing and discouraging 500 emails and texts over the course of the weekend.
The thrilling part was, of course, everything else. And there is so much everything else.
Having time with Evan (without the chaos of the whole family added in) is an ocean of happiness for me, a sea with no edges; he’s so calm but also so full of life and questions and just learning to be independent. It’s been fun for him to have Ryan around this weekend. Fun for me too.
I love Boston so oddly hard. I want to learn every part of it, I want to live in three places in six months, I want to know every bridge, every beach, every library, every concert hall.
I was surprised as could be to see what South Boston is actually like. It’s so close, but so completely unexpected. It’s like the Cape. Ocean, bays, parks, canoes, kayaks, bikinis. One of the MIT profs I’ve been talking to lives in South Boston.
The water is incredible- two protected bays, and Castle Island- nice and swimmy, with a gradual slope and the friendly sort of sand, the kind that brushes off when you want it to.
Standing knee-deep in the glittery water, I am only about two miles from the heart of the Financial District, and less than three miles from MIT. It’s so trippy- such short distances, and yet people here make such heavy weather about them. From downtown, I feel like I can be anywhere in no time at all.
Of course, in a car, it take an hour to go three miles here. It’s not a great city to drive in.
Today, I looked at an amazing place in South Boston, and online at places in Cambridge (which has zones that are even further from MIT than Back Bay, the South End, or South Boston) and places in Boston. So far I haven’t considered outlying burbs, because that’s not why I’m here. I want to be in the beating heart of the city. I’m so weary of burbs and everything that goes with them.
Trying to do what’s best for everyone is always a bit of a challenge. A welcome one, and God knows I try, but a challenge nonetheless.
Above, Evan and Ryan across the street from the place we went to scope out, a block from the ocean, and below, the two bays- one a block away, one two blocks, with sandy beach running the whole length. The part with the pentagonal fort is Castle Island.
I am stunned like a fish that this wonderland is so close to downtown, but another world.
South Boston, you took me completely by surprise. Is there a single part of this city I am not going to fall for?