Yesterday Winton's preschool was closed. He and I took Clara to Kindergarten, parking the car far down Roland Avenue and walking, rather than driving, through the crowds.
Then he and I went to Eddie's grocery store (on the block adjacent to the school) to buy baking supplies. Then we went to Starbucks (next to Eddie's) and had tea together. Then we put the groceries in the car's trunk and walked down the hill to Stony Run where we spent an hour throwing rocks into the river. Then we walked back uphill to the car, encountering a friendly black cat named Spookie on our way.
It was pedestrian (in the very best way). We walked. Walking let us run errands and indulge in pleasures both urbane (tea on a busy sidewalk) and pastoral (rock throwing in the river).
To think: people LIVE in Roland park and have the opportunity to do these things every day. Who are these people? How do they do it? Can we do it too?