There was a nice letter published in the Daily News written by Steven Lindsay entitled Defend Beauty, Culture and Heritage. He captured, using only a few paragraphs, an idea shared by many who live in this area. And it's a thought provoking read.
Steven was visiting Plum Island and became inspired by the idea that the effort to preserve some of the original aesthetics of the area, in this case in the form of original cottages and homes, is a way to maintain our and the area's heritage. Further, he suggests that these remaining stand as symbols of a simpler time, and serve as a way of grounding ourselves in a world that's become pretty topsy turvy.
His call is for us to continue to defend these symbols — because it's important.
We know change is a constant. Some improvements are good, and some are inevitable but there are certain things worth fighting to keep for posterity, to retain the charm so many moved to this area precisely because they are there. And why others are drawn here, which greatly helps keep local businesses, and all the people and services who are needed to run them, artists, and cottage industries afloat. Our heritage is a critical to link to preserving what makes our area so special.
In this case, Steven included The Pink House among them, speaking for the many who do too. He makes the point that he world may feel like it's turning upside down, but when you drive out and see these places you get a sense of how important a service it is when some things remain stable.
The Pink House, for example, has stood in its marvelous setting for nearly 100 years. What do you see and feel when you dive out to sit with it? Or photograph it The sky stretches out endlessly. Birds fly in formation going past. One or whole flocks may alight on that iconic rooftop. On certain days, you can hear the steady coming and going of the ocean waves, or marvel at the spectacular beauty of the marsh on either side at high tide, or when frozen over. The idyllic scene as the Colby farmers hay the salt grass on their property surrounding the house harkens back to simpler times.
As the moon and sun rise and set over The Pink House, you witness splendor running the gamut from a riot of color through to the gloaming when all the is left is that signature silhouette. And as you take it all in, you will feel a primal relief, a sense of grounding.
Preserving what matters is powerful.
By Rochelle Joseph
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