So I am walking or trying to walk on a somewhat semi-regular basis.
Okay. I've walked 3 times. But it's a start, right?
I'm doing it purely for the exercise benefits.
There is no enjoyment involved here.
I just don't love to exercise.
But I do like how I feel afterwards.
Like I have done something good for myself.
The other morning, Will told me he wanted to go with me.
I was a little tempted to just say no only because
I thought he might slow me down when I'm trying to
burn off some of this baby fat but I thought better of it.
When do I ever have 30 minutes alone with Will? Never.
So we started out, me in my sweat shorts,
which I think I purchased in 1994,
and Will, on his bike, decked out with training wheels and helmet.
We made it to the corner before we turned back.
"I can't make it go fast enough, Mom."
"Should we take it back?" "Ya."
On the way back to the house, Will stops, to pick a
tiny flower peeping out of a sidewalk crevice...for me.
Because whenever Will sees a flower he picks it for me.
Even the neighbors flowers. He's just that kind of boy.
We leave the bike at the house, tuck the flower in his helmet,
for safe keeping and we are off....again.
We are walking...or I should say, I am walking.
Will is skipping, running, looking around, hopping
sidewalk cracks, racing, asking questions....
Will is doing everything but walking.
He is having some fun, for goodness sake,
as I am beginning to sweat and pant a little.
We make it about 15 minutes into the walk
before we have to go piggy back.
Now toting a four year old on your back adds a new
dimension to the regular walk.
We had a chat. We passed by our favorite park.
My knees began to buckle. I put Will down.
Will was ecstatic because we were almost home.
He recognized our street and began to run.
He ran with a easy gait that stopped abruptly by a huge tree.
"Hold on, Mom, we've got to get this big leaf." So we did.
I learned a thing or two about walking from Will.
It's more exciting if you skip.
Piggyback adds to the intensity of the walk.
And you should always stop for the big leaf.
Plus,it's great to have a chat while you're walking,
especially if it's with Will.