So, almost a year ago, the boys and I were hanging out at Curly Twirly Slide Park and up rides Corinna and Andres on their bikes, with Lola in a bike trailer. Right then, I knew I couldn't complain about the suburbs any more. I had to DO IT. I had to move closer to the city (I was thinking Tuckahoe). I had to live somewhere that I loved, somewhere close enough to a park to bike or walk. I had to stop talking, and start looking, and DO IT.
And you know what? I did. And it rocks every bit as hard as it would. 100% realistic expectations, right down to the only things I miss being our old kitchen and our neighbors, and everything else far, far outweighing those two small cons.
The winter was long and we didn't have a chance to visit the park - I think Dan drove the kids there once, but I knew that the first time I went there post-move, it would have to be sans fossil fuels to come full circle to that day with Corinna at the park. Today, I loaded Xander and Reese into the stroller, and Griff hopped on his bike, and we went. It takes about 20 minutes to walk there. We live 20 minutes from Curly Twirly Slide Park! Can you believe it?
Along the way, we met a baby squirrel that seemed a little too young to be out of the nest. It didn't have a whole lot of fear of humans yet and let me get close, then when I was trying to herd it away from the curb, it ran into the road and just sat there, in the middle of Patterson Avenue. We spotted a squirrel sibling next to a telephone pole, also rather close to the road. I couldn't get it to move, so I had to scoop it up with Griff's sweatshirt. I gathered up its sibling and put them both in some flower beds, hoping that they'd find their mother if necessary and NOT find their way back into the street.
It was an amazing day for color, with a grey sky, the bright yellows and blues of the playground, and the vibrant redbuds in full bloom. The gorgeous little girl below is Gabriella, my friend Gina's daughter, and that's Xander in the padawan get-up, handling his light saber improperly.