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The Old Hippie Welcome Wagon? - nhpeacenik
The Old Hippie Welcome Wagon?
We have some new neighbors, and their mere presence is making me irrationally happy.

The house is an old farmhouse surrounded by a quarter acre of tall trees in the middle of the orchard, and I remember seeing a family of two boys and a girl grow up there, swinging on the swing, playing in the three-story treehouse and waiting for the schoolbus each morning. Lat year the kids were all in high school, I think. Suddenly in October, the house went dark. The moving van must have come in the middle of the night, because one day the house was occupied and the next day it was abandoned and dark.

Then came the ice-storm, and the house was surrounded by a wall of fallen trees and branches. The snowplow covered up the debris and it stayed covered until April, when the Sleeping-Beauty's-Castle barrier of fallen limbs re-emerged. Each time I drove or walked past the house, I'd look with great sadness at the abandoned treehouse. Every time I passed the house in the dark, I found myself longing to see the lights return to the windows. 

The town came and removed most of the fallen branches two weeks ago, so that if I hadn't known the truth, I could almost believe the house was inhabited again.

Last week, arriving home after dark one night, I was elated to see all the windows brilliantly lit and three small cars in the driveway. I caught a glimpse of a Tibetan flag in the window! The next morning I saw the new tenants were young people wearing black hoodies and moving stuff into the house with a lot of vigor. One of the cars had peace bumper stickers on it. 

Since that day, I have been seized with the notion of going to welcome them the way Welcome Wagon welcomed us to houses in Pennsylvania and Rhode Island when I was growing up. Of course, I would be a male aging-hippy welcome-wagon-lady :) I might just work up the courage to welcome these harbingers of a literal and figurative Spring to our neighborhood.
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nhpeacenik From: nhpeacenik Date: June 1st, 2009 12:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
In the US, the Tibetan flag serves as a kind of all-purpose symbol of support for freedom struggles combined with a universal spiritual outlook. I'd be interested in how people in your part of the world see it. It might be seen as primarily anti-Chinese? Here, it's more of a celebration of a broad-minded Buddhist outlook on life and the right of small "fourth-world" cultures to survive in the face of opposition by nation-states, and it sort of falls into the same category as some Native American symbols, such as the picture of Crazy Horse or Chief Joseph.
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