Sunday, April 11, 2010

As shiny as today


It's as new as tomorrow and just a little bit older than Boston itself.  It's Dorchester, as wide as a mother's love and as deep as Socrates.  Dorchester, Mass., Boston's biggest neighborhood, is so big that three or four old Bostons could fit in it.

If at first you don't succeed, try and try again.  This could be Dorchester's motto and I would submit it so the City Council if someone translates it into Latin for me.  Dorchester already has an unofficial motto, which used to take precedence over all others.  Nowadays, its motto is the same as Boston's.  Something about being founded in 1630 if you look at the city seal.  This is probably best, Dorchester is part of Boston now, lending its geography and multitudes to the greater city to handily deliver votes and secure federal grants.

There is something nice about Dorchester's old motto: Piety, Literacy, Industry.  None of these go out of style.  As new as tomorrow and as shiny as today.

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