Ode to Boston by Lynne Marshall

I am replaying the blog I wrote for Love is the Best Medicine last week for those who may have missed it.

Four years ago my daughter and son-in-law loaded up a rental truck and headed three-thousand miles back east to live. Emily would be attending graduate school for Nurse Practitioner and Anthony would begin Medical School. They found a place to live and learned their way around on public transportation and embraced their new city with open arms. Nothing could prepare these California kids for their first winter in Boston.

My husband is also from Massachusetts, though he lived forty miles southeast from the big city, so we were no strangers to Boston. However, we only knew Boston from the airport on our every-other-year visits back to his home State and relatives. Occasionally we’d venture up into the city to walk the Freedom trail with our teens, or to visit the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, but we’d never gotten to know the city the way Emily and Anthony now had.

Once my daughter moved to Boston, our visits became more frequent. In fact, I finished writing The Boss and Nurse Albright while visiting with Em and Ant one spring in 2009. Since my daughter and SIL were in school, I had to learn my way around town by myself. Emily went so far as to write out instructions by rote for the bus and Boston MTA (metropolitan transit authority). Of course, the first time I got on the train I went in the wrong direction! Somehow, after the initial mistake, I managed to get around pretty darn well and visited museums and stores all by myself. It was a fun adventure. The more I got to know about the city of Boston, the more I loved.

Last year, when my husband and I were back visiting, I got the bright idea to place Dr. Tall, Dark…and Dangerous? in Boston, and the small Everett Clinic took root. I’m not going to lie, because I totally used my daughter and SIL’s duplex apartment for Kasey’s abode. Plus, I got to remember all the fun things I had grown to love so much about this gorgeous city by the Charles River.

(This is the U.S. version of DTDD)

 

I hope if you read Jared Finch and Kasey McGowan’s love story you’ll get a sense for the city, as I tried to incorporate a realistic approach to living and loving in Boston in Dr. Tall, Dark…and Dangerous?

Have you ever been to Boston? If not – is there one particular big city in the world you’d love to visit?

P.S. Emily and Anthony have both finished their studies in Boston and have now moved back home to California. Boston will always be a little more special for me because they lived there.

Until next week, make it a great one!

Lynne

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2 Responses to Ode to Boston by Lynne Marshall

  1. robena grant says:

    I’m so glad you did this. I visited the other site twice and tried to leave a comment and got kicked off. : (
    Could have been me, could have been the sign in, I’m not sure. But anyway, wanted to say how much I enjoyed the post and the lovely pics. I haven’t been to Boston in about ten years and always enjoyed the city. Must put it back on my list. And if I recall correctly, someone on the other site said it had a European flavor and I agree. I also have that sense when in Montreal. : )

    • Hi Robena!
      blogs are a mystery aren’t they?
      thanks for your persistence and for commenting here. I have a great desire to visit the great Northeast cities of Canada and Montreal is definitely on that list.

      🙂