This weekend, I decided to break in my new sneakers and get moving. Like, more then, going from the kitchen to the couch, with a snack in hand. The weather was perfect, I had the gear, there was no getting out of it. The first walk was solo, or rather, one woman and an Ipod. I took my music, cell phone, and driver's license, just in case a cougar demolished me beyond recognition on my walk.
We have a gorgeous bike trail that is also perfect for walking and running. From the trail, there are views of St. Marys College in Moraga, California, and lush hills all around. When I was younger, my grandmother lived in Moraga. My Mom, Grandma, and me would take walks along the newly made trail, to get my Grandma out and about after a hip replacement. Along the path, are fitness posts where one can stop to do balance beam, pull-ups, and various out dated fitness tests. They have since become overwrought with patches of grass and weeds.
My walk went something like this, Madonna pumping in my ears, folks walking by with dogs on leashes, me smiling at them, nobody smiling back. People on bikes, whizzing past from behind, yelling "On your left", thus scaring the crap out of me. Fluffs of cottonwood floating in the air like soft snowflakes all around. Me dodging swarms of gnats, and other flying insects. Coaching myself the whole way, thinking things like 'pick up your feet girl', 'lets go, sister', 'move it', and 'ewww....is that a gnat in my gum?'.
The second day, I brought my sixteen year old daughter with me, and left the Ipod behind. There was a nice breeze going, we went later in the day, and walked at a less punishing pace, then my walk the day before. I'm glad that I brought Marley, as there never seems to be enough time to connect with my teenage daughter, the way I would like to.
We chatted, laughed, and discussed our dreams, literally. She offered me a glimpse of what's going on in her social world, and I tried my best to shut up and listen. I'm reminded how much I admire her, love her, and for a moment, we are the best of friends, with the safety net of knowing, I will catch her if she stumbles.
Besides, who else is going to save me from the cougars?