The park near our home has a pretty big drawback for a mom with two kids running in opposite directions: it’s situated right next to an intersection, and with no fence. What this means is that taking the boys to the park is an athletic event for me, as I herd boys, swivel my head in all directions, nervously eye the traffic and the big kids, and try to be in two places at once. My visions of sitting peacefully on a nearby bench, quietly knitting while watching my boys play, is laughable.
I recently learned of another park, just a bit further from our house (a 10-minute walk as opposed to 5-minute), and it is like a dream-come-true. I never knew I could love a park so much. It is tucked away from busy streets, but not too isolated, wide open with rolling green hills and lots of big trees. There is one big play structure and one swing set – so no trying to manage boys who want to be in two different places. And it is not too crowded.
Also, I have found a perfect knitting spot:
From this bench, I can knit in peace while watching my boys play just a few feet away. No swiveling head, no running after kids, no heart palpitations. Or, I can put the sock down and join my boys on the playground.
It has been a great place to discover, especially this busy fall when I am in such need of a quiet place to get away to, one where I can also bring the boys and know they will be safe and happy. There are times when, in the press and crush of deadlines and stress (including this week’s news of My Old Man’s recently bricked hard drive, which has not been backed up since April, which is two months out of warranty, which contains the first part of the book he has been writing, and from which no data can now be retrieved), a person just needs an oasis. Ah, oasis. Even the word makes me feel happy and calm. Oasis:
|1.||a small fertile or green area in a desert region, usually having a spring or well.|
|2.||something serving as a refuge, relief, or pleasant change from what is usual, annoying, difficult, etc.|
Exactly what I was looking for this week, and found in a city park on a hot afternoon.
And I’m not the only one who has found an oasis there.