These Feet Were Made for Walking

And that’s just what they do. The beginning of summer and the rising gas prices has found us trooping around town like champion walkers. If it is in town we walk. Last Friday had us walking to the library – not quite 2 miles round trip. We played in the park across the street and checked out some great books.

Saturday I realized that we needed to head down to Fred Meyers at the other end of town. At the kids urging we loaded up the stroller and away we went. We hit Fred Meyers, the Dollar Store, and a treat at MacDonalds (so they could play in the play area) before trudging our way home again – probably a total of 4-5 miles. With no complaints until we were less than 1/2 mile from home.

Sunday we walked the 1.5 miles to church, with the kids singing primary songs all the way, and then home again, for a total of 3 miles.

Monday we headed to a fresh produce stand on the edge of town – just over a mile away, but ended up making a detour down to Memorial Park – a favorite of the kids – for a picnic lunch and playtime. In the end I thing we walked somewhere between 3-4 miles. We even got to see two trains, much to Jacob’s (and the other kids too – but especially Jacob) delight.

Tuesday we didn’t walk – we picked berries instead and made lots of the jam.

Wednesday we walked down to Blockbuster to return a movie – probably 2 miles round trip or so.

So, water bottles in hand we are marching all over town. It’s healthy, its fun, and it keeps kids busy for large ammounts of time and they don’t get ‘bored’ as easy (What you’re bored? Time to go for a walk or clean the house) – and when it is time to get in the car they are a lot more excited about it and happier to be driving rather walking. 🙂 All in all it is a lot of fun. I am getting nice and tan – and my hair is getting lighter – so I don’t have to spend money and have my friend do highlights – see its a win win situation. 

The other really fun thing about our walks is that I have had to figure out some things to do to keep the walks interesting.  There are a number of games we can play as we walk, but so far the thing the kids like the best is listening to stories. So as we are out traipsing all over town I am telling them all the crazy stories from my childhood and youth.  I often get requests for repeats, “Tell us about the time you swung on the rope and landed on the rotten egg.” or “Tell us about when you swam in the yucky pond.”  It is a lot of fun to tell them stories and what it was like for me as a kid, and I hope it makes our walks that much more memorable.

And that is what has had me so busy – I’ve been walking all over town, pushing a loaded double stroller, with three little girls trailing behind, running ahead, or clustered around me listening to stories, as the case may be.

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One other cool thing I forgot to mention about our Strawberry picking trip:  I was chatting in Spanish with some of the moms there.  At one point one of the moms asked me where I learned Spanish and I told her I learned Spanish when I served a mission in Chile.  “I wondered,” she said, “because you speak Spanish with a Chilean accent.”  I speak Spanish with an accent – a Chilean one! Woot!! Over ten years, and I still have got my chilean accent – I can’t describe how happy that makes me.  😀

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7 responses to “These Feet Were Made for Walking

  1. I miss walking. I’m glad you’re out so much.

    (I will be out again, in the fall, so don’t worry about me.)

  2. Philosophical Karen

    That reminds me of a woman I used to work with, who — although she grew up here — in her youth taught at a snooty private school in England. (She said the kids were okay, it was the other teachers that were the worst.) One time on her own initiative she decided to have the kids do a play in French. The kids really enjoyed it, but one of the other teachers laughed condescendingly at the performance, saying “The parents will be glad to learn you’ve taught them to speak with a French Canadian accent, when they should be learning proper Parisian French.” (That was in the early 70s though. I think Quebec French has a lot more cachet now than it did then.)

  3. Pamala

    What a great idea! Before we moved to such a hilly area our family loved to go for walks and bike rides. We sure miss it.

  4. That is wonderful! I keep thinking we should walk more places, but haven’t started doing that yet. I think my problem is organizing my time. I always end up running out of time and having to drive. If I keep thinking about it, though, maybe I’ll eventually start doing it more. Great way to save gas money and get some good exercise!

  5. What a great idea! Think of the kind of shape you’ll be in by the end of the summer 😉 ! I think you may have mnotivated me!!

  6. ummm….that was supposed to be “motivated”…..

  7. mcinsane

    If we didn’t live out in the country, as we do, I would love to do that! Ok, maybe not in my current circumstance, but hopefully that will change REALLY soon! Unfortunately, everything around us is busy highway with no sidewalks! And the hubby works 4 towns away in UT, so walking or even riding isn’t an option for him either! I’m just grateful to not have to drive into town to teach school anymore! That is really saving us!

    You are getting so many benefits and in so many different ways! IT’s awesome!

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