Rockville, MD has seen so many changes in recent years. These changes in these once historic towns are inevitable, necessary, and at times heartbreaking. We can take comfort in the way things used to be, but also embrace what’s arrived, and that more is coming.
As many things do change, one of the constants (which has evolved to something special, but I haven’t attended in years…) is Rockville Hometown Holidays which celebrates Memorial Day with live music, food, street vendors, a farmers market, the parade, and all the other stuff that makes any festival, community, and party magnificent.
I have such fond memories of going with my family, to at least the parade part. It was something to look forward to on the calendar every year. It was the simplicity of just being at the parade, and appreciating the marching bands, the floats, the people, and the community groups of this fare city.
Yes, it’s more of a city now, then a town. And so much has changed. People grew up, got older, moved away, and moved on. Yet there’s still a soul and spirit that remains. The historic parts and older looking neighborhoods are still the majority and not there in spite of anything. There’s still lots of character, all the while all these new places have shown themselves.
My family embraced that change. They’ve been here in some form or another for nearly forty years. So instead of fighting it (there’s nothing to fight really…), I welcome the change, because much of it is great.
The outside is just as welcoming as what’s going on indoors. The pastry list is a joy, tremendous and I’ve shared many with my dad on the most random of days. One thing that has always stood out is their tea list. If you aren’t paying attention you won’t see it. They’re known for their coffee, which I will try down the line, but for the sake of this discussion, and the season, I went with something beautiful.
The Matcha Lemonade is an absolute joy. It was per the suggestion of the staff, and it was more so along the lines of what I wanted. And while the teases of Spring and Summer are here, so are the change in teas. This was wonderful.
One thing I forgot to do was stir. The matcha is on the top and the lemonade is on the bottom. I adore that. I didn’t have my straw all the way down, so the first thought was why am I drinking this iced matcha. This is why one (meaning me) should take their time and not rush things. So I take the straw a little further down, like a normal person would, and got that sweet lemonade taste. I could have finished this in one sip, but this is not the point. It should never be the point. This is one to be savored, appreciated, and cherished.
I love this tea so much. The lavender shortbread cookie that I was drawn to (or was drawn to me) was meant to be. I almost didn’t want to eat it, it looked so pretty. Those lavender pieces are a sight for all eyes. What a joy this was.
The benefits of lavender in times of uncertainty are something else. This place, this matcha, and this lavender, it all just found me.
I noticed looking across the street something so familiar. There was a family connection, that only hit me as I started writing this story. It’s the street where the parade I mentioned about earlier still takes place, after all this time. I get a laugh out of that, and then a feeling of sadness as well.
Life goes on, and as there’s much to be embraced, there will be much to miss.
Tell the people you love, that you love them. As much as you can. That you love them so much. And when they pass, you will miss them so much.
Yet, you’ll always love them so much.
I love you so much.
I love you…