Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, Or what’s a heaven for?
These lines from Robert Browning are perhaps the encouragement behind Northampton’s grand aspirations. We live in a moderate sized town, in the middle of one of the smaller states in the union, but our aspirations are outsize. The town is currently engaging in Solarize Northampton; we’re green in thought and deed, and true-blue to an astonishing degree in politics. At our heart is an elite women’s college, and education takes second place to nothing. No wonder the Hub and I love living here!
But sometimes great and grand aspirations can make me smile. Here are a couple of for-instances:
Windsor Castle? Hardly. One of the Smith College buildings fortunately located high on a hill. Then there’s Castle Northampton, better known as the Town Hall. No comment needed, I think.
And considering the prominent place education takes in our town and the surrounding area, the entrance to our Forbes Library (about which I’ve often posted, so proud are we all of it) looks exactly as it should:
Northampton, it’s a GRAND place to live!