Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Meeting the neighbors

We did it!  On a few occasions while in the backyard playing the kids have engaged in brief conversation with neighbor kid across the greenbelt and caddy corner to our house.  They can't see each other because of the large growth of bushes and trees but they can hear and so begins the conversations, "Hey you over there,"  and then moves on to the oh so sweet heart warming, "will you be my friend?"  Ah youth such a reminder of how easy it can all be.  Months later ;-) that same sweet kid voices hears my kids voices and says, "Hey I'm playing on my trampoline too." 
Today we decided to stop playing and head to the street adjacent to our house and say hello.  It shouldn't be too hard to find.  I am proud of my children's excitement and enthusiasm.  My ds writes a sweet note with his special rainbow colored pencil, signs his and his sister's name, rolls into a scroll and ties it up with a ribbon.  We head over on scooter, bike and foot.  They meet, it was good and sweet and satisfying.  I could tell ds was shy but happy to make a new friend.  We made an open invitation to come over and play.  I really hope it happens even if just a meetup at the neighborhood park. 
The brief visit seemed to filled each of them with a sense of connection to where they lived.  Walking home that mentioned all the 'friends' they've met since moving and I'm happy for them and more determined than ever to nurture and support developing a sense of community right here in our neighborhood.  Today felt really good. 

Monday, July 01, 2013

Little house in the suburbs

That's the title I wanted to give my latest blog endeavor and then I came across this old friend and thought.  It's time to resurrect this dear old blog.  Technically it's seven years old and I thing that's really cool and special and once upon a time it drew people because of it's Montessori leanings and my husband's great wit.  Then it morphed into being more specifically for family members to keep up with the going ons, ins and outs of family life.  Where did I hope to go by starting a new blog?  I think I want a place where I focus on how WE keep things going, the aesthetic, the dynamic the rhythms of our family life.  As busy as we are and as much as I crave a slower family life I am proud of how we have managed to stay connected and face battles and challenges with sense of determination, respect and LOVE. I think at the end of the day I want a place to celebrate our family style.