I love having my neighbourhood haunts – my local baker where I pick up sourdough for the week; my green grocer for an abundance of glorious, fresh produce; the post office for stamps, passport photos, shipping overseas; parents and teachers at school; for us in particular, the climbing community – other families, gym staff, etc. As much as I despise routine I do love to support local businesses and enjoy the familiarity of revisiting establishments that have the things that I need.
We have lived in Melbourne now for 11 months and for the first time ever someone recognised me. I was checking out at the local health food store and I almost fell over when the lady at the till said “How are you today, Kate?” Once I gathered myself back together from the shock of hearing my name coming from someone other than a family member, I responded, feeling overjoyed that an actual person in Melbourne knew me.
Baby steps towards feeling like a real member of the community. A small win for me this week!