new york is a funny town in the sense that there are sooooo many people, yet we are pretty good at keeping our distance. people who i know who come from small towns say that they like living in new york because it offers anonymity (sp?). i think that is one of the reasons why celebrities like living here as well. i have a neighbor who just seems incredibly interesting to me. i met her one time while she was tending to the flowers outside our apartment building. the flower pots in spring and summer outside our door are really full of gorgeous flowers, but i had no idea how they got there... was it magic. so one sunny summer day i caught her out there with her gardening tools and water buckets and i introduced myself and complimented her on how pretty the flowers always are, and i thanked her for sharing such beauty. she explained to me how while growing up she always helped her mother in their garden, so she has been doing this a long time.
though it's a small apartment building, it's relatively quiet and we as neighbors in general don't really run into eachother. since meeting the gardening neighbor last summer, without exageration i have seen her one other time, but there are traces of her existence. though i know nothing about gardening, it looks like she is 'preparing the soil' for spring flowers. when i walk outside now i can see where she has watered down the dry soil. these days the soil now is soaking wet, when during the winter it was hard and dry. i think she's getting things ready for the spring flowers that are coming.
i really love them and i told her so. she said that it's really nice to know that someone takes notice and appreciates them. i do. in a city where everyone is so busy being busy, her flowers are a sweet treat when i step outside my door or coming in from a day out on the town... bless her heart.