I have lived in the San Francisco Bay area since 1976, but was born in Boston, grew up in West Roxbury, went to the Randall G. Morris Elementary School, Girls Latin and Rozzie High—then graduated from Simmons and have an MEd from BU. Although I have lived in Berkeley for the past 25 years, I am still Boston through and through—and never more so than the past few days. And, my Berkeley-born daughter—now 26—left sunny California to attend Emerson College after falling in love with Boston after a summer at Berklee College of Music. She too loves Boston—and we share that love together.
I love Commonwealth Avenue, the Public Gardens, the Swan Boats, Fenway Park, the Esplanade, and the beautiful Arboretum in Jamaica Plain. I miss Boston terribly, and never more so than now. My heart is with everyone there as you all go through this very trying and wrenching time.
-Miriam Maxwell, from Berkley, Calif.
Pictured: The Arboretum in Jamaica Plain.