Where we live is the butt of some jokes on all ends of the spectrum--too nice, not nice enough--we can't win. On a the sarcastic "judgmental map" of our city, we live right in between "Snobs," "Snobby Jews," and "Some Black people" (these were the words on the map, not mine). The really fancy and less diverse area is a little south of us; its residents think that we are leeches on their good school system. We have also been accused of being cliquish in general . How can we be cliquish snobs and leaches at the same time??!!
I prefer to look at it as that we live in a nice area of town that happens to have great diversity. I say we are just a community of people who take care of one another. If you get cancer or have a car accident, the community wraps you in love for months. If you have a baby, home-made meals arrive by the truckloads! The same is true of life's celebrations. We all pitch in and help out. We are the recipients and givers of favors and kindness. The giving feels even better than the receiving! Here are two sweet favors that I got to pull off recently:
Also on the cutting machine, I embellished some vases last week. I later filled them with flowers for a friend whose daughter's bat mitzvah was last weekend. She needed a few arrangements for their family's Friday Night dinner and then for Sunday's farewell brunch. Aren't they sweet?