The other day Cragbaby and I enjoyed a beautiful, sunny morning at Belle Johnston Park. Though technically in Pineville, not Charlotte, it’s only 15 minutes or so from our house, and is well worth the drive for a morning’s worth of playground fun. What I like about this park is that it seems to have been designed for multi-generational enjoyment, not just the wee folk. In addition to the many playgrounds, giant sand pit, swing sets, and riding toys situated within the acreage of open green space, there are porch swings and benches scattered about, perfect for outdoor lovers of all ages to relax and take in all the surrounding fun, all against a backdrop of a beautiful duck pond complete with a walking path around it.
Cragbaby’s favorite part of the park of late is the “rainbow tires.” It’s almost a bit odd, and I often wonder what gave the playground architects the idea to place some giant metal tire halves buried in the sand, but C loves it. It’s a good kinesthetic lesson in prepositions, actually. Some days we go under (well, we meaning C, I don’t fit too well…don’t ask me how I know). We also go around, through, across, and on, but C seems to have the most fun when he gets to go over (and all the climbers nodded their heads in agreement.).
I chose this picture for today for two reasons. First off, it shows C’s stellar climbing technique – if only somebody had taught me to watch my footwork so carefully at that age! But secondly, I feel like this picture is kind of a metaphor for life. It’s full of ups and downs. As soon as C gets to the top of one obstacle, he’s going to be faced with another – and another, and another. But thankfully he seems to be enjoying the process – and I’m not sure about you, but that’s a concept that I often forget! What ordinary happenings have you learned an extraordinary lesson from recently? Leave a comment, and you’ll be entered to win yet another great giveaway from my friends at Clif bar – this time a brand new flavor of crispy Z-bar – cookies and cream! (I must say this is my new hands down favorite of all the Clif Kids flavors…) The giveaway will run until Saturday night, when one lucky winner will be chosen randomly to win an entire case of crispy Z-bar goodness! Best of luck!