The following submission appeared in “We Are Newton: A Neighbourhood Anthology.” See here for more information about the project.
By: Jade Pruden
Newton, to me, is home. I grew up here, and I have lived here for almost my whole childhood. I moved here when I was four, and I’ve loved it ever since. I’ve made so many friends here in school and in my neighbourhood.
The people in my neighbourhood are all so nice to me, and I know most of them pretty well. My neighbourhood is welcoming and kind. Living here has shaped who I am today.
The best place in Newton is the park behind my old elementary school. I like to go there and sit on the swings and hang out with friends. That park has given me so many great memories that I will never forget. My friends and I called it the Oval. It’s a huge field surrounded by trees. I used to go there and climb trees, hang out with my friends, play games and spend a lot of time there. It was so beautiful in the fall with all the leaves on the ground and the smell of the trees.
I remember when my friend got stuck in a tree in the Oval. She was too scared to jump down. Her mom had to come and help her out of the tree. My friends and I still laugh about that story and we probably always will.
There are so many places in Newton that have provided me with memories with my friends that I will never forget. What I’m trying to say is that even though Newton gets some bad reviews, it’s still home to me. I will always remember my favourite childhood places and I will always love it here.