What is “Community” to Me? by Plan NH Member, Andrew Cushing
Growing up in Grafton, community looked like newspaper clippings of classmates in the post office lobby. It sounded like static from my father’s volunteer fire department radio at nighttime or the collective “oohs” and “awws” when fireworks exploded in the dark July sky. It smelled like brown sugar and musty curtains – a combination found only at ham and bean suppers in the town hall.
As a graduate student in Philadelphia, community is coming home for spring break to vote at town meeting, where my second grade teacher checks my “ID” and my bus driver’s sister hands me a ballot. It tastes like homemade coffee cake at the one room library and feels darn heavy when you deliver roadside tires to the dump.
Whatever community is, it compelled me to buy a fixer upper in my hometown so that in the coming years I can provide a longer answer.
-Andrew Cushing, Grafton
Plan NH Member
Multi-Year Plan NH Scholarship Recipient
Thank you Andrew for sharing!
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