From Minnesota to Gloucester
Hello from Stillwater, Minnesota. My daughter attended Emerson College in Boston, and when I visited her and rented a home on Salt Island Road in Gloucester, I fell in love with your city. She graduated in 2009, but ever since that first trip in 2005, I have rented the house for one week every year. December 11 to 19 is my week for this year, and I am very excited.
I follow GMG every day and vicariously pretend that I am truly a "resident" and know all the people in the stories and photos. I am a writer (mostly about cancer care) and would like to visit the Writer’s Center when I am there. After years of writing non-fiction, I am finally at work on a novel …. and its setting is …. Gloucester.
I was especially touched by your story commemorating the 10 year anniversary of the loss of the Starbound. When I saw the photo of the freighter that hit them, my heart sank. I have watched these ships come into the harbor in Duluth, MN, from across the Great Lakes and cannot imagine seeing one of them coming toward me. My grandfather was a fisherman in Sweden and Finland before emigrating to America. I am drawn to these stories.
I was also touched when you paid homage to the folks at the facility where your Dad is living. I lost my mom to Alzheimers after she lived for 9 years in just such a place. I know how difficult it is.
Thanks for indulging my babbling, and I hope to meet you when I am there. Would it be terribly brash to stop in and spend some time at your Christmas party on Saturday night? For one night, I could pretend to be "one of you."
Linda Klein, Town Clerk
Linda of course you are invited to come hang with us. Any FOB is and from what you’ve written you sure as hell qualify as a FOB!