I wanted to say hi and thank you to Paul Pekin for the “Home” article [November 25]. Well here I am still in South Lakeview for over ten years and feel I’ve gone through as many changes in my home as you did for 35 years in yours. If I say I live in South Lakeview people gave me a blank look; when I say it’s near Lincoln, Ashland, and Belmont their expression changes to the constant saying “so Lakeview that’s on the way up.” I get a stomachache everytime I hear that and I have to use all my strength to hold myself back on giving my two hour speech. I was quoted in a now deceased activist newspaper “my neighborhood isn’t coming up, it’s moving out.”

Sad to notice the Hispanic popsicle men didn’t come pass my door too much this summer, so nice to have while gardening. The new ones are too paranoid to think of eating such a thing, they’d rather spend more on a smaller size frozfruit. Well, they’re paranoid about everything and everyone. They can only see my home as a piece of money.

A store where an older couple would sell handmade chocolate and stuffed animals left long ago.

In my beginning the only singles I knew in the neighborhood were two gay men and me.

If you have read this far then you must have some understanding of my pain. The other response is what is wrong with her. Even a close friend of mine from out of state said to me “it’s real estate; you buy it, you sell it.” There is people here that feel as I do: renters and owners.

At certain times I go to my Jewel now and the baseball cap people are there; depending on my clothes they look through me or be overly friendly, it’s sickening. I am still used to seeing friendly familiar people as is in a small town. My experience is if you don’t understand my pain no matter what I say, you just don’t care.

God give me strength!

It can only be home if you love it.

Beth Mayla Klein