Monday, February 9, 2009

People in My Neighborhood: The First in an Occasional Series

Remember the “People in Your Neighborhood” ditty from Sesame Street? Sure you do. The words go like this:

Oh, who are the people in your neighborhood?
In your neighborhood?
In your neighborhood?
Say, who are the people in your neighborhood?
The people that you meet each day.

Oh, the postman always brings the mail
Through rain or snow or sleet or hail
I'll work and work the whole day through
To get your letters safe to you.

'Cause a postman is a person in your neighborhood
In your neighborhood
He's in your neighborhood
A postman is a person in your neighborhood
A person that you meet each day.
After the postman came the fireman, the baker, the teacher, the barber, the bus driver, the dentist, the doctor, the grocer, the shoemaker, the cleaner, and the trash collector (played, of course, by Oscar!).

And then, the grand finale:
They're the people that you meet
When you`re walking down the street,
They`re the people that you meet each day.
So, now that I’ve got a digital camera, I can introduce you to some of the people in my neighborhood.

People like Raulston Daley, a member of the IT team at the Union for Reform Judaism. Although technically he’s not a postman, he does make sure we get our email every day. Today, when there was a problem with my delivery, he fixed it. Thanks, Raulston. (And while he did that, I practiced using my new camera.)

Sure am glad that Raulston’s a person in my neighborhood,
He’s in my neighborhood,
He’s in my neighborhood,
Yes, Raulston is a person in my neighborhood,
He’s a person that I meet, when I’m walking down the street,
He’s a person that I meet each day!