OK, not exactly sure how many steps it takes for me to walk from my office to my parking garage but I love every step! And the seven miles accurately describes my commute from work to our new home.
I don’t mean to gloat but I’ve had an absolutely fabulous work week. Things are progressing nicely on our home and just as quickly things are progressing in my career. A study came out this week that said that 70% of Americans are dissatisfied with their jobs. As I walked to my car last night, I realized just how lucky I am to be one of the 30%. I love what I do and where I work and wanted to share my view of the world through a commute home.
When I leave the office, the friendly security guard who knows me as Glasses because of my funky frames gives me a wave. “You have a good night now Glasses!” It’s sunny and humid in Cambridge but there is always a refreshing breeze off the river. Kayakers are casting off from the dock for an evening cruising the River Charles.
Occasionally I’ll avoid the Longfellow Bridge for a scenic drive through Cambridge and then around to the Callahan Tunnel. Leaving Kendall Square on a summer evening isn’t easy with the farmers market in full swing and live bands performing in Technology Square for tourists, MIT students, and us office workers.
But just 30 seconds away from this hustle and bustle and I’m on the quiet shady streets of Cambridge neighborhoods. The streets are virtually bare of cars but the foot traffic is in full swing as moms take kids to the nearby playgrounds and yuppies ride their bikes home from the grocery store.
I tap the brakes past this church, the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, every time. It’s a grand and detailed building with lively flamingo red doors nestled among the old row houses and shingled multi-families.
Through the Callahan Tunnel and over the Belle Isle Bridge I arrive in Winthrop. By the yacht club, I look back on the town I just left knowing how lucky I am to love what I do but also love what I come home to every night.