From Candida Mannozzi. You can reach her at candida[AT]borderstan.com.
Borderstan, this past Memorial Day weekend reminded me of how important it is for all of us to have happy memories to tap into, and the related need to be building-up a collection of rewarding experiences we can later revisit.
I took my four-and-a-half year old niece to the beach. This was special event for several reasons: it was our first overnight trip together without her parents (i.e. a “big girls” trip), we were staying with good friends, and sand, water and other small children were on the menu. The end of May could not come soon enough!
We had a wonderful time. I felt rewarded by her parents’ trust, allowing me to take her away for several days. She rewarded me (and them, by extension) by being on her best behavior and becoming a very welcome new playmate to the other children there. Since our return, I have been “playing back” countless scenes from our weekend at the water’s edge. I hope that she will remember this weekend too, maybe even into adulthood.
This recent memory brings up of one of my own first “big girl” experiences, when my parents let me stay up past regular bedtime to watch a ballet on TV with them. We did it on the sly; I went to bed at the same time as my younger brother in order not to cause any jealousy. But they came to fetch me after he’d fallen asleep and I tip-toed into the living room at an hour that had been off-limits to me until then. I felt so excited and proud to have been chosen for this special treat, this exception to the rule! I even remember the After Eight chocolate mints they had put out on the coffee table for me to munch on, as I sat on the edge of the sofa and watched Swan Lake on a grainy, black and white TV set.
Summers can be conducive to creating such lasting memories: we plan time off, we may be looking forward to a vacation, to some time spent visiting distant friends or exploring new places. We’re likely to be doing something we’ve worked towards, saved for and planned – excitement and anticipation are in the air!
Borderstan, I wish all of you success at creating and enjoying your new adventures, that they in turn may be added to a growing store of happy memories.
Borderstan’s Lifestyle section was added as a home to our columnists who strive to give readers a look at life in the neighborhood, some tips on navigating downtown living, and some insights into what’s happening in the Borderstan area.
Laura Herman came first with her Weekend Picks of fun stuff in the neighborhood and was soon joined by Khelan Bhatia and his BorderStyle columns. We were then fortunate to have Tori Tyree start writing about all-things-pets for Borderstan, followed by Scott Leibowitz (Lebodome) who joined the lineup with a look at local sports and general outdoor stuff-to-do in DC.
Two more columnists who joined Borderstan later in 2011 were Mike Kohn, who quickly took over Urban Etiquette (and very much made it his column)… and finally, Candida Mannozzi, who shares her observations of life in the neighborhood with Borderstan Candids.
Two Special Shout-outs
- Ashley Lusk wrote a two-part series in October on two couples who decided to stay in the neighborhood to raise their children, instead of departing for one of DC’s outer neighborhoods or the suburbs.
- Eliza French, Kate Hays and Laura Herman did a series of feature stories in December on how to put together the perfect holiday outfit from local boutiques and stores.
Readers’ picks: Following are some of the most popular lifestyle columns from 2011 from our contributors.
Laura’s Weekend Picks: Laura Herman
- Laura’s Picks: Films, Liberation, Food Trucks, the “Charlie Sheen”
- Laura’s Weekend Picks: Mumford & Sons Tickets, Filmfest DC, BBQ, Beer
- Laura’s Weekend Picks in the Hood
Borderstyle: Khelan Bhatia
Lebodome: Scott Leibowitz
Urban Etiquette: Mike Kohn
Borderstan Candids: Candida Mannozzi
- Saying Goodbye: Here, You’d Best Get Used to It
- Borderstan Candids: The Curtain of Silence
- Thanksgiving: One Italian’s Perspective
Special Feature: Raising Your Kids Downtown
- Raise Your Kids Downtown? Meet Two Families with Advice (Ashley Lusk)
- Part 2: Borderstan Families Talk About Kids in the City (Ashley Lusk)
Special Feature: Fashion for the Holidays
- LBD Always Okay; Color, Lace, Patterns Make You Fashion Forward (Kate Hays)
- Let’s Get Some Shoes (and Bags): Check Local Boutiques for Holidays (Laura Herman)
- New Year’s Eve Style Down to the Last Detail (Eliza French)