My legs are pleasantly tired this morning. Back in the city after spending much of our summer in Vermont, I realize just how much walking (and biking) we do here! Sure there are the hikes we enjoy in the mountains and, as any mom with young children knows, much of our day is spent on our feet, but there is something very different about the miles we walk around the city going everywhere. We walk to the farmers' market, to the store, to the playground, to the library, to the museum, to the river, to our friends' homes, to the cafe, to the bank, to the post office -- everywhere. Miles of walking in just one city weekend.
It's good to feel that pull of morning muscles knowing what a full and active weekend we had. It reminds me how much I appreciate the ability to walk to everything and leave the car unmoved for several days. It reminds me how much the children love riding their bikes all around the city, and how stretched their little muscles must also feel this morning. It reminds me how special the city is, how easy it is to get around car-free, how nice it is to have community and opportunity so near and accessible.
Our city walks remind me how much the children learn here, how much of the world they are exposed to as they mix easily with the many different people, places, and things of the city. They interact with people from different cultures, different countries, different backgrounds and experiences on a daily basis in the city, gaining a greater respect for and understanding of the vast diversity of our planet.
Tired legs and tight muscles are a happy reminder of all the learning and living of a full city weekend, and a hopeful promise of a fall with many miles to walk.