Walk this way
On this winter holiday of ours, what I’ve realized is that walking is slow and when I get the chance to walk with my family, I love it. On this break from school we have had plenty of time to linger in all we need to do and all the places we need to be and with 18 days and really no plans and no visitors and no places we need to be, we have had plenty of time to walk to the places we need and want to go. Though I often want to walk where we need to go, when we are crunched with time and schedules, we don’t always make that choice.
From this break I’m hoping to take the lessons learned - and walking where we need to be is a big one. We can walk to return our dvds. We can walk home from school (we can’t always walk to school because at 7:40 we don’t always allow ourselves the time). We can walk to the grocery store and bank and post office and park and friend’s houses and when we have the big stroller we can carry all the things we need to carry and then some.
My goal is to take this lesson learned and walk all the places we need to go - and even walk when we don’t have anywhere to go at all. I love the conversations with my kids when we allow ourselves time to walk. I love the thoughts that run through my head when I am walking on my own. I love seeing my neighbors and the shop owners and taking in all that we can take in when we are moving slowly through the world in which we live.
If you live in a place where you can walk where you need to go I encourage you to take the time to do just that. Leave the keys. Put on some good shoes. And walk. Walk. Walk. Just doing so will make you feel connected to all that you are doing and all the places you need to go.
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