You know what they say about small towns: one blink and it's gone. In a way, that's what Sorsogon is. The commercial center is made up of two main streets branching into little side pockets. When the planners laid out the town 50 or so years ago, they probably had little idea that "Berlinas" and wheels would eventually take control of the road. Or that Sorsogon would eventually be a city. Which explains why traffic can be a little off-putting during rush hours.
But there is much, much, more to Sorsogon than its seeming smallness. Beyond the L-shaped commercial district are open spaces that point to a wide, wide world. Venture just a little farther from Rizal Street and you get a heady view of the the sea and the mountains.
The road leading to my office is flanked by fields of green, with the majestic Bulusan Volcano looming right ahead.
From where I blog, the beach is but 10 minutes away. Going there doesn't take much planning; you just decide to go, and there you are.
When I was younger, I felt hemmed in by what I thought to be a small town. There was something very limiting about the way the rays of the sun slanted at 5 p.m. As if marking the end of yet another blah day.
But now there's some comfort--and a lot of promise--in the same slant. It makes me look forward to going home, and to another beautiful day.