Monday, October 08, 2007

The walk to school

We walk to school just about every day, regardless of the weather. It's a short walk, only a half mile.

Some days, the four of us walk in a tight cluster and talk.

Other days, the girls dash ahead and play some sort of game as they walk/skip/run. The game usually involves some sort of superhero scenario. The girls' backpacks are called into action and serve as rocket packs, hang-gliders, or some other super accessory.

And on some days, Pete will walk with one girl and I will walk with the other. This gives us each an opportunity to hear what the child in question has to say, what's on her mind, and what's in her heart. Pep talks are given. Often, one child or the other will ask some sort of philosophical or intellectual question that will lead to a lengthy conversation.

Pete and I carry the girls' backpacks, as they are often fully loaded. The girls have collections of key chains on their backpacks, so we are accompanied by the clinkety clinkety clinkety sound of jingling plastic tchotchkes.

Our walk takes us down sidewalks...


... and through a short stretch of woods...


... and down more sidewalks.

Walking on stone walls is, of course, mandatory:


Until we reach the entrance to the school grounds. There's a short trail on this side and we walk uphill through a tunnel of trees:


We reach the front of the school, give hugs and kisses, and send the girls off to face the day:

10 comments:

The Guider said...

What's a tchotchke?

Jennifer (Jen on the Edge) said...

Guider: A tchotchke is a small piece of plastic crap, usually a souvenir from a trip.

The Hotfessional said...

How wonderful. This is your ritual! (which I wrote about today).

blackbird said...

That's such a nice morning routine...

The Guider said...

Ah. We have many a tchotchke in our house then. Is that a Graceful/Elegant word? I've never heard it before.

Oh, and I like your morning routine, so much more civilised than our rounding of five corners and walking in the gate. It's great having the school so close, but there's not much to see on the way!

Patience_Crabstick said...

It looks like a lovely walk.

Regarding your comment--any community member can use the UVA libraries. Use your driver's license to get an account. You can access their catalogs online. Alderman and Clemons are my best sources for books I can't find at the public library.

Linda and her Surroundings said...

So many trees - like a little forest. All the girls at my son's school have dingle dangles on their bags.

Lisa@Take90West said...

You have a beautiful neighborhood. I grew up walking to school too, and wish my kids could do the same. Your girls are lucky to have that quiet time with you and your husband.

Happy Working Mom said...

What nice mornings you get with the girls!!! Makes me really wish I could work from home!

Aims said...

What a beautiful neighbourhood and that is a wonderful start to the day. My mother made our lunches the night before and we took ourselves off to school....she's not a morning person!