February 1, 2010
Where the Sidewalk Ends
Maybe it takes living without something to realize its importance. Our neighborhood is on a hill with no sidewalks plus fast drivers, so to get the kids out we sometimes take a short drive to the flats.
Sidewalks are genius. They give kids a safe place to zoom around, explore, and meet neighbors. They don't require any advanced purchase, scheduling, or reservation. They are accessible and spontaneous, and sometimes have a market on the corner where you can buy candy for a dollar.
A sidewalk used to be all I needed once I was 'biking' age. And if I play my cards right, it's going to be all they need as well.
This post was inspired by the book Nation of Wimps: The High Cost of Invasive Parenting.
P.S. Ironic post, I realize, coming from Little Miss Busy Kit. But hey, you live and learn!