do you want some nettle tea?
yes please. Grandma Elena serves Mystic harbor snails to go with
to know more about my past. You know of course it wasn't like now.
As you know, Boston and Cambridge were actual cities. And Somerville
had less people because no one had relocated here from the drowned
cities. Somerville had less space for gardens because people used
oil driven vehicles. Can you
-What a waste
I remember the first years we nearly starved. Floods all the time.
But we adapted to the wetter climate and the heat. We had set up
an emergency committee but we had a hard time with the new diseases.
You had malaria when you were little
I don't remember
Nicer subject-the community gardens are awesome!
-Yes! And the
chickens and goats! [Elena laughs]. It was a great challenge changing
our ways to be a self sufficient community.
-I'm glad the
neighborhood has some horses. And blacksmithing [her vocation].
-Oh I liked
the do it yourself bike shops and the long walks.
you miss anything?
But we started making our own plays. And the music? We just made
our own instruments and learned from the books.
-What do you
like the most?
-After all these
years? [smiles] Waking up to roosters, having my own garden, and
being a doctor. Oh-it's sundown. Contradance tonight! [teasing]-you
like anyone yet?
I just like talking with everyone. I've enjoyed talking with you-you're
so busy being a doctor.
the dishes with filtered rainwater from the tub outside the window.
-Well here come
the neighbors. We can all walk together to the Hall.