The following submission appeared in “We Are Newton: A Neighbourhood Anthology.” See here for more information about the project.
By: Sydney Hart
For more than 10 years of my life I lived in Newton. It’s where all my friends were and where I shaped myself into the person I am today. Though Newton does have some bad parts, and people don’t always feel safe walking around, the town has always felt like home.
I vividly remember walking around my small complex in Sun Creek with my friends during the summer and going to a place in the middle of it all, which we liked to call the Oval. We spent so much time sitting on the rocks or in the middle of the field, usually just talking and playing different games. We used to climb the giant evergreen tree that was at the side of the Oval, sitting on the sturdy branches and laughing at nothing in particular.
The large patch of grass was always beautiful in the fall, minus all the mud patches that your rubber boots would always seem to get stuck in. During autumn the Oval always had orange and red-coloured leaves floating from the trees that surrounded the field, and the rain always brought out the scent of wood from the trees.
I remember walking to the wave pool with my friends, where we would swim until it was time to get out, going down the water slides and sitting in the hot tub. During the summer we went to Unwin’s outdoor pool, where we would wade around and talk, laugh and play games.
There are so many places in Newton that bring back good memories of my close friends. Even though I no longer live here, I still go to school in Newton. Newton will always be my home where I grew up, and a place where I still feel at home.