I was flooded with memories being in Westwood. I was able to revisit old neighborhoods and take familiar walks. Some things remain the same and some have changed, but the feel of the community was familiar. We had set up The Key Idea when a freakish storm blew threw the park just as we were getting started. Torrential rain, high winds, thunder and lightning, for 15 minutes or so. Branches fell and so did our display. Everything, including us was wet. Then then sun returned brilliantly and delivered us a rainbow. The Celebrate Westwood team of Rose Ann and Lauren jumped into action and saved the day. Rough start yet a memorable event. Through The Key Idea, people talked about what is important to them in a word or a sentence. Good people live here, I filled my heart with memories and love from a time long ago.
Day 2 Visiting my past, including best neighbors from long long ago. Walking to Bogart's Pond. I'd cross the pond every day as I walked to school. It was also a favorite meeting spot for friends. Now there are big safe railings...back then, the footbridge was low and we had access to the pond for fishing, wading and skating. I used to sit here and read. Also, I had my first big important kiss here. Woohoo.
So many feelings and memories come to me as I visit my hometown, Westwood NJ. I haven't been here in more than 30 years. Family and friends moved away so I no longer had a reason to visit. Lots of things have changed, but the Bandstand, Library and Train Station look exactly the same.
Nice to revisit the long long ago and remember long forgotten things. I see lots of people who look to be my age and wonder if I went to school with them.
I feel drawn to this town right now. We'll see who we meet.
Lenore Lyons is passionate about igniting the spark that happens when people think creatively and get big ideas. There is something about riffling through a large tray of keys that encourages people of all ages to think about possibilities for their life and their loved ones.