Morning contemplations on community


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Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 29/06/2021 (460 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

It is 5 a.m. on a June workday. I am sitting outside enjoying my coffee, waiting for the sun to rise which will be at 5:19 this morning.  I can hear a few cars, a crow doing its thing in the distance, and little else.

I have always found this to be the best time of the day. I can gather my thoughts, watch and listen as the world around me awakens.

As the sun slowly rises above the distant roofs, it is as if it is a signal goes out to all of the other local birds saying, “time to get up and out” and get up they do, Funny enough, the humans in the area also seem to heed the call, as the higher volume of cars on the roads suggests.

Interestingly, it has not always been that way which, is to be expected. The neighbourhood has grown considerably since we made Bridgwater Forest home in 2013. With that growth comes change and we have seen plenty of it. From the number of new families moving into the area to a reduction in the gull population.

Yes, gulls! Totally unrelated but nonetheless an observable difference.

In fact, we used to joke that our days were marked by the movement of what felt like thousands of gulls. I don’t know where they overnighted but every morning, without fail, they would fly overhead as they made their way to the dump where they would spend their days.

And of course, our days would come to a close the same way, as they returned to their ‘home base’.

Don’t get me wrong – I certainly don’t miss them.

On a more serious note, I know that I am not alone in saying that one concerning aspect that could be linked to the ongoing development of the area is crime.

Inasmuch as I’d like to think that I can resolve world and local issues as I quietly enjoy my morning ritual, I know better. It is an issue that can only be addressed by working together.

We have to start with getting to know our neighbours, watching out for one another and engaging with our municipal leaders. It is one area in which we truly have to be, in it together, in order to build the community we want to call home.

Happy Pride month folks!

Debbie Ristimaki

Debbie Ristimaki
Bridgwater Forest community correspondent

Debbie Ristimaki is a community correspondent for Bridgwater Forest.

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