The Roasted Bean, just down a bit and across the street, has a different clientele. The people gathered there seem less in a hurry. They linger longer.
Between the two coffee shops is the giant former JCPenney building. You have to have some minimal history to know what it was. Interestingly, it seems like a large building for the current real estate office.
That corner is also the location for Ten-Bee Village. It is at 10th and B streets. Cute name, don’t you think?
Some of us miss Richard’s Men Wear. While we can understand retirement, it was a place not only to get a suit or shirt but to catch up on things, as well. Down the way and on the other side, Main Street Music is going to move a couple of doors to the east, and there are signs for more eateries.
There is Reich’s Pharmacy, always busy with customers and gracious, patient people to help.
The trees along 10th have really grown these past couple of years. The new ones provide more shade and less trash than the ones they replaced.
There are three sturdy looking banks and a credit union. There is also a place to buy insurance and an eye doctor at which you can use it.
Usually, we rush along the sidewalk, glancing but not seeing. People are intent on getting another place. Only a few stop on their way to a salon to gaze in a window and look at what might be for sale: new or on consignment.
Change happens when we are not looking, because we rarely give life our attention.
Life comes and goes. Experiences happen and then are gone.
Neighbors seem to do the same thing. We do not pay enough attention. We are surprised to learn that the little girl is now a grown-up and the middle-aged man is now elderly. We were not watching; thus, these things happened without us.
People claim that it is just that we are busy. There are so many things tugging at us. Work, play, family, friends, and more distractions and attractions help us lose focus.
Have you seen the nice trash cans along the streets downtown or the new bus stops? There are hunter green benches on which to sit and watch others. The lampposts in the same color all have holders for signs, this week advertising the downtown itself.
You have to stop or at least slow down to take in the particulars. You know, the devil is not always in the details. Sometimes the devil is in a schedule that prevents us from tarrying long enough at the intersection to notice something new or even old.
• Mike McLellan can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.