If you buy a home in Sharon, MA you may come to feel like Norm from Cheers. Living in Sharon can feel like a place where everybody knows your name.
For example, I grew up in Sharon, lived here until I got married, moved away and came back with my husband four years later. One day when we first moved back, I went to the Sharon Public Library to get a new library card under my married name. I was so excited to be back in a place I absolutely love!
The librarian greeted me warmly, we caught up with each other and then she said, "You have an outstanding fine of...." That's what happens when they know your name.
Here's another one. The Sharon Post Office. This is a great place for them to know your name as long as your picture isn't also hanging up there. When I was a teenager and went on a trip with an organized group one summer, I would write postcards home to my mom. The mailman would deliver the mail to my mom and tell her, "Don't worry. She says she's fine and having a great time." Though this particularly mailman passed away many years ago. We always talk about him fondly.
These days when I go to the post office, I look forward to seeing Judy, or Terry (on the right) who catches up with me and asks about my mom, and makes me feel like I live in a place where people ask after one another.
The same thing happens at the pharmacy in the local CVS where I'm routinely asked, "How's your Mom?" At the Town Hall, one employee knew me originally as "Muffin's mom" and would ask "How's Muffin". Muffin being my miniature Dachshund and attention-getter.
Sharon's a place where everybody even knows your dog's name!
You don't have to be born here, or have grown up here to have these connections. Social Media gives us the opportunity to connect locally, too. Our Sharon community Facebook page is a great way to connect with people. Several times now I've ended up sitting down next to someone at a meeting, whose name, as it turns out, I knew from seeing their comments on Facebook, or another community organization email list.
You can participate in Town Meetings, join a town committee, go to a neighborhood block party, or just get to know people when you're hanging out at Lake Massapoag. After a while, when you live in Sharon, MA you'll feel like everybody knows your name. Cheers!