I hate to admit it. But here it is. I'm one of those county residents who rarely goes into Baltimore City. Some years ago my husband and I were traveling on Charles Street on a Sunday afternoon when we were accosted by a group of teens blocking an intersection. They dared us to run them down. When we blew the horn and inched forward, they kicked out our front headlight.
As crime goes, it was minor, but I was reminded of the incident Monday when my husband suggested that we visit the Christmas display in Hampden. We'd never been, and he was eager. Against my better judgment, I gave in.
From the moment we backed into our incredibly good parking spot with our friends, our jaws dropped. Inflatable snow globes, musical trains and action figures, a Christmas tree decorated with hub caps, rooftop reindeer, and colorful lights strung across 34th Street ... it was all there.
Yes, Hampden lived up to its reputation — and more. We stood among a crowd of strangers — wide-eyed children on dad's shoulders, teen-agers, parents and grandparents. Without exception, people were cheerful, friendly and polite. More than once, the hand of a stranger helped our elderly, partially blind friend to negotiate steps.
The Hampden light display in Baltimore City was one of the highlights of our Christmas. I have no doubt that it will be next year, also.
Peggy Rowe, Perry Hall