Resisting, Then Accepting, Change

One friend called my attention to a page dedicated to the current bridge, and I smiled. We all have stories about the bridge — I’m no exception — and yet, it’s human nature to resist change.

Courtesy of the Westchester County Archives

Courtesy of the Westchester County Archives

Two nights ago on Thanksgiving, I was in a local hospital waiting while my dad had a CAT scan; the technician who wheeled him from the ER to the X-ray room started a conversation with me.

I’m a reporter, I told him, and he wanted to know what kind of reporting, and what I liked about it, and what I was writing about at the moment. I love it, I told him, and have been doing it for more than 30 years (not counting high school and college), and that I report about many topics, including the bridge replacement project.

“People don’t like change, do they?” he asked. “At least, they don’t at first, and then, all of a sudden, they come around, and realize change is good.” He looked up at the TV on the wall, and then looked at me. I nodded.

Nearly everyone, including me, has stories to share about the bridge — when it was built, when it first opened, childhood trips, teenage years, watching the water, exploring the structure, years between then and now. During my journalism career I’ve written about different aspects — toll increases; movable barriers; accidents and escapades; and local first responders’ thoughts.

Change happens; it’s part of life. And in a few years, when the New NY Bridge is completed, people will look back and wonder how they drove on the old one, when the new one is so much cleaner-looking, safer, artistic and functional.

By the way, the bridge that some people (including me) are going to miss didn’t go over so well at first. Back then, many opposed the idea, according to a May 1, 1950, article in The New York Times. Sound familiar?

Change happens. Life happens. And right now, history is happening.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2013

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