Going the Distance

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14 Responses

  1. actonbell says:

    *sigh* I wish I could run that fast…you two are great parents. Such lovely memories you are making

  2. christopher says:

    Reading this and to the comment about seven miles brought on an immediate flurry of chuckles. I wonder what the rule or exception is for rain.

  3. alexandra says:

    My gosh, you write like a dream.

  4. jenny_o says:

    Beautifully evocative. You captured all of this so well.

  5. Monica says:

    Man, you are joking right ? it cannot be all poetry, not every night… at least take the bike, so she won’t have to carry her stuff back home!

  6. kmkat says:

    Andrew ran track, too; he chose it because he figured it was one sport where skill wasn’t as much a factor. (He has never been even remotely interested in sports participation.) During his four years he improved enough to run at the back of the pack, a huge jump over always coming in last, as he did his freshman year. He got an award for most improved.

  7. Friko says:

    Again, a story of hardly any consequence, yet it says such a lot. I suppose that’s real writing ability.
    Your girl is lucky to have such devoted parents even if you enjoy the late evening walk for selfish reasons too. I can quite see that a peaceful walk is a good thing before bed, although I’d probably take the car in the rain.

    Tell me something Jocelyn, I am rather curious. What age does a child have to be to come home unaccompanied? Or is that completely out of the question where you are? I realise you are talking about evening and possible darkness. Do all the kids live in different directions and cannot share the walk? How unsafe is your area?

    • Jocelyn says:

      Terrific closing question! She comes home unaccompanied during any daylight hours, but after dark, we opt to go get her. Our area is quite safe, in the scope of the world, but her route home is where the teens who enjoy pot like to loiter, and she doesn’t enjoy walking that gauntlet after dark. Even if the route is entirely free of others, it still feels right to provide company to a 15-year-old girl in the dark. She’d be fine without us, of course.

      As far as other kids sharing the walk, all those we know are getting picked up by car and heading other directions.

      As far as taking the car in the rain goes: I love rain. It’s the gentlest of our weather systems here. The below zero pick-ups were the toughest, during ski season.

  8. That’s just lovely. I can almost feel the cool air s I read it.

  9. Leigh Ann says:

    Walking my girls to and from school is one of the highlights of my day. I’ll do it as long and they aren’t embarrassed to be seen with me. This was lovely.

  10. Bone says:

    So I had a recent conversation where someone was telling me they’d gone through my blog roll, and how there was “this one post — I don’t remember their name — but she was writing about walking to pick her daughter up from school. And it was kinda long but it was just so well-written, descriptive, interesting, it just drew me in…”

    On and on they went, the praise and compliments quickly reaching the point where I began to feel insecure and said “But my posts are good, too, right?”

    Anyhow, without even checking my blogroll that day, I knew right away to whom they were referring. Just thought you’d like to know.

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