The other day I was driving home from work and as I turned into our cul-de-sac I slowed right down because there were a heap of children on their bikes and scooters and skateboards in our road - all playing together - the older ones looking out for the younger ones (I hope !) and it reminded me of where I lived when we grew up. While it was in a different country, when we were little we also lived in a cul-de-sac - we lived about half way down the hill and the cul-de-sac was at the bottom of the hill. We spent so many hours riding our bikes up and down the hill, playing hop scotch and sitting on skateboards down the hill (well I did anyway because I was a ninny and thought I would fall off if I stood on the skateboard !!). We had so much fun there and would all skadaddle to the side of the road when a car came down and either turned in the circle or went into a drive way. Everyone knew everyone and while there was the occasional fight between the boys, we all got on really well even though there was a wide range of ages.
When we first moved into the neighbourhood, we were the second family with a child. Our neighbours had a daughter who was about 3 yo, K was nearly 8 and the rest were people who had retired and were waiting for God or waiting to go into a retirement home. Most of them have now moved on (either to God or the retirement home) and we have a lot of younger families with children who have moved in - I LOVE seeing children outside playing instead of being cooped up inside in front of the TV or computer or similar.
YAY and a huge round of applause to those parents who encourage their children to play outside !
This weekend I went walking again - it has been far too long since I walked - for lots of reasons - not wanting to walk by myself, not having time, not being home because I was at the hospital - really all just excuses for being lazy and not just getting out there and DOING IT ! I walked on Saturday morning from about 9.30 and thought it would be better to walk earlier in the day before it got so hot. I was planning on walking at about 8am on Sunday but K woke up and we spent a great 90 mins talking and laughing and fooling around and so it was after 9.30 by the time I got out the door - I wouldn't give up those 90 mins to walk earlier for anything. I treasure every minute that I get to spend with her - most especially when she is in such a great mood !!!!!!
While I walked on Saturday and Sunday, I recalled how I used to run - before the injury - and I ran little bits BUT my knee is still dodgy and not ready for me to run on. I HATE that I can't run. I HATE that for so many years I never ran because I thought I couldn't, instead of just getting out there and doing it because I could. Nobody ever told me I couldn't except myself and now I am telling myself I can and my knee is bloody talking back saying it can't !! It's not fair. But that is life I guess and I will just have to deal with it !
Well these are the two things this week I have realised I really love.
What things in life do you love ?
TFTD : In real love you want the other person's good. In romantic love you want the other person - Source unknown