Being humans that we are, when we hear of a geographic location (state or region, for example), we probably have preconceived notions of the lifestyle there and subsequently what it would have been like to grow up in that area. What comes to mind when you hear the south, the north, the west, California, South Dakota, New York, Georgia, Kentucky, Wisconsin? It’s probably a mixture of accents, surfboards, cows, skyscrapers, peaches, farm country, hill country, home cooking, and any other region based image, right? And it’s not really a bad thing, unless you let it control your thoughts after that first impression, right? And that you keep these stereotypical thoughts to yourself.
Anyway, for those reasons I’m intrigued by New York Times Art Review on February 18, 2009, “Nostalgic Exhibit with Room for Play” about the exhibit “Growing Up on Long Island” at the Long Island Museum in Stony Brook, New York.
I’m not sure what people think when I tell them I’m from Long Island, but some of the responses I’ve received are: “You don’t sound like it”; “I would have guessed Iowa”; and “You’re not a typical Long Island girl”. It’s always interesting. Regardless, I know what my life was like and I know what my mother’s life was like, growing up on Long Island. But, are they typical? Is anything typical or just stereotypical? I’d like to see if the exhibit to see if our lifestyles are represented. The review states that everyone should find something to connect with and it includes the recent past as well, to make sure that children are interested. It seems to be mostly nostalgic and fun, though a few more serious issues are included.
The exhibit runs through October, so I’ll be sure to visit when I’m home this summer and share the visit.
6 thoughts on “Growing Up on Long Island”
You, from Iowa? I don’t see that.
That’s so funny that you wrote about this Kate. I was thinking that we would go the next time you’re home – it’s kind of intriguing to me.
We should definitely go, Mom! I’ll look forward to your insight – a fun afternoon of compare and contrast. =)
Hey Kate, cool article. I dont know if there is a sterotype for Long Island but I guess that is because we grew up there, we dont pay attention to that. I like the new layout. I think its easier to read maybe. I dont know yet, I have to come back a few times and see what is going on lol.
I totally dig your Preservation in Pink blog. Also, my dad grew up on Long Island (East Williston), so I spent a lot of time there, and I feel a certain kinship to you. I have two blogs you would probably find interesting on here –
Trees for Wethersfield
I just featured your piece on bridges on my Twitter Account
Keep up the great work.
Thanks Jennifer! I’ll be sure to check out your blogs.