Where I Began
It would probably surprise a lot of people to learn I actually grew up in the city for the first pat of my life. Until age 11 I lived in Chelsea, which is probably known as one of the
poorest financially challenged cities in Massachusetts. As my dad started out as an Ophthalmologist working in Boston and I think at the time Chelsea seemed like the most convenient (least expensive) place to live.
We had a beautiful Victorian house with these huge/deep windows I used to sit in. The ceilings were high and the rooms were spacious. I grew up there with lots of good friends (none that I see anymore though) and really friendly neighbors. I had a park down the street and a backyard with cherry tree and an apple tree.
The two things I remember fondly of that city was the spectacular bagel shop in the center of town that my mom still goes to for special occasions. They make a pizza bagel that is killer! They also at one point had a pizza truck that would go around at night, sort of like an ice cream truck. The pizza was the best IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve ever had. Funny the memories IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m left with are mostly pizza.
Life was really good there for many years although I ended up traveling an hour a day to go to private school on the North Shore, which I hated. I think we all had quite a few good memories in our neighborhood but quickly the city seemed to start to go downhill.
I remember noticing the quality of the neighborhood started to change and walking around wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t as nice as it used to be. I remember once walking to the mall by myself and in a back alley seeing a dead rat. Also one day when my friend and I were at the park we saw a guy with a gun under the bridge and ran for our lives.
I think the last straw for my parents was when the 2nd bike was stolen from our backyard and thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s when we moved to Central Mass and I started going to public school. Still, I am glad that I am left mostly with good memories of Chelsea, a part of me misses it sometimes.
Note: I’m not trying to say I ever had it rough or anything, I just think it’s interesting the path I took in life sometimes.Ã‚Â For a long time I was really embarrassed that I used to live in Chelsea but I’m not anymore.Ã‚Â It’s just a part of me, like everything else.