Growing up so close to the beach, my life virtually revolved around the ocean. I would spend my weekends either swimming miles of shoreline for swim practice or sunning myself on the sand. There was always a pickup game of volleyball to be found and in the absence of any responsibility outside of swim practice, endless hours of beach time to burn.
There are certain moments in your child’s life when you can almost glimpse what they will be like at a much older age. These pictures of Parker helping his Uncle Mike wash his truck are just such moments.
Looking at Parker here, I can almost imagine him as a teenager, washing his truck on a nice day and getting some color after a chilly winter. In other words, exactly the kind of thing I would have done as a 16 year old. Which reminds me, maybe it isn’t too early to install locks on the outside of his bedroom door…
There comes a time (about every 400 running miles or so) when it’s time to retire a pair of running shoes. With the mileage that I generally run, this works out to be every 6 months or so and frankly, it’s kind of a sad event. Please see exhibit A below.
The running shoe on the left is the old one and the one on the right is fresh out of the box. What I want to bring your attention to is the thickness of the tongue. Notice how the tongue on the old shoe is completely flattened while the tongue on the new shoe is nice and thick. Well, the same thing that happened to the tongue happened to the interior workings of the shoes. Running on a hard surface yields hundreds of pounds of pressure and the poor shoes can only take so much before they stop doing their job of cushioning your steps.
Here’s comparison of the bottoms of the shoes.
I’m almost positive that the old shoe is caked with clay. At least I hope it’s clay. I look at that worn sole and I think about all of the journeys that the old shoes and I have taken together. The races that we ran and the scenery we passed. It’s bittersweet to think that they have no more mountains to climb. I truly can’t dwell on it. I know it sounds totally bizarre, I mean they’re just shoes, but still. I get attached.
And then I look at my new shoes…
…at their pristine stitching and unmarred whiteness…and I start to feel better. Holding those new shoes, I feel their potential. I dream of the miles and journeys we’ll take and I know through experience that they’ll help me go the distance. I mean, it isn’t their fault that they’re as of yet untested. And frankly, I know that in a week or two, my old shoes will be just a memory and the new shoes and I will have begun our new journey towards a life of happiness…that will last precisely 6 months.
The love of the running shoe is a fickle thing.
As you’re reading this, I am traveling down the great state of Florida to meet up with these folks again. You know, the crazy computer crew that I refer to as my dear family.
Where were we…oh yes, old cemeteries. The next one that I visited was the Granary burial ground.
This particular cemetery had a ton of famous people…and a ton of not so famous people who clearly still had the wealth during that time to purchase expensive headstones.
The large obelisk that you see on the left side of the picture above was the tomb of Benjamin Franklin’s parents. And here is the tomb of Paul Revere. So cool, huh?
And then of course the burial ground also contained the remains of John Hancock, who is best known for signing his name the largest on the Declaration of Independence.
And look, right across the street, Parker had his own hotel.
Continuing along to the Boston Harbor, I passed by this treasure trove – the main headquarters of the Boston Fire Department.
I wonder how many strapping firemen work in that building….never mind. About 2 hours and 2 large Starbucks skinny vanilla lattes later, I finally reached the harbor.
It was peaceful and lovely and I sat for a while imagining what it must have looked like filled with revolutionary era ships. Sometimes, I think that I should have been a historian because I’m fascinated by how events unfolded throughout time.
As I wound my way back into town, I had some not revolutionary sites to see, but every bit as historic. Below is Copley Square, the finishing line for the Boston Marathon.
In just a short few weeks, a bunch of really fast and dedicated runners are going to end the journey of a lifetime right there at that location. For a runner like me (i.e. a REALLY slow runner), that’s like the Olympics of marathoning. Very cool.
Then I walked historic Newbury Street, Boston’s shopping version of the Champs Elysee.
The architecture was gorgeous, the shops were amazing and talk about a fun place to people watch! I had a cappuccino at Stephanie’s on Newbury and saw such an interesting mix of people walking the street. Suffice it to say that I was really well caffeinated after all of my walking and coffee-ing.
Well folks, that’s it. My walking tour of part of Boston. If the weather had held, I would have loved to have made a trip out to Wrigley field, but I am quite certain that I’ll be back to such a great city and perhaps, I’ll even catch a game there.
I have to say that my absolute favorite way to see a city is by foot. I have walked some of the most beautiful cities in the world and while public transportation is generally available and always faster, you get such a better feel of the lifeblood of a city when you walk her streets. Join me on a walking tour of Boston, won’t you?
Hi folks. Boy, oh boy, am I swamped! I literally hit the ground running when I landed yesterday evening from the airport and I have yet to come up for air. While I plan on posting a full “tour” of Boston tomorrow, I wanted to give you a sneak peak at my meet-up with my friend Jude and her family.
I met Jude in an online mommy group when I first found out that I was pregnant with Parker. So technically, even though this was the first time we met in person, I know her and her family better than I do a lot of my in real life friends that I’ve lost touch with. Jude in person was exactly what I thought she would be. She was witty and delightful. Of course, it helps that we have similar positions on a lot of things, but seriously, it was just like continuing a conversation that I had just left off a week ago.
Even though I’m not a hugger by nature, I attacked Jude and her poor husband, Josh, when I first saw them. It just was so seriously cool to meet them in person. And her children, my goodness were they adorable! Her daughter is smart as a whip and ridiculously well behaved. I had to pick my chin up off the floor as I watched her sit all through dinner, quietly eating. As you know, Parker would have been running around like a bull in a china shop unless he was bribed for the duration of the meal. And her sweet little 7 month old boy…well, I would be lying if I said that my uterus didn’t flutter. He was just so sweet and beautiful.
We met at Boston’s public park in the Back Bay area (just down the street from my hotel) and spent a good hour walking around there. The weather was absolutely gorgeous and the park was packed! Then, we went to a great local seafood restaurant. On the way to the restaurant, I got a great history lesson on Boston in general and on that part of town in particular. The evening flew by with great conversation and lots of laughs. I am so incredibly thankful that we got to meet up and next time I’m in the area, Jude and family will definitely be priority one on my to-do list.