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Gratitude: My neighbourhood

When we first moved to our house, one of the things we didn’t realise about the property was how close it was to the shops. In our previous apartment, we lived about a fifteen minute walk to the closest supermarket. Nowadays, we are just ten minutes away. Five extra minutes doesn’t sound like much, but it does make a difference when you’re lugging heavy groceries home.

Or when you’ve got a toddler who insists on walking but who can only cover short distances at a time before she insists on being carried.

Walking at a toddler’s pace

My daughter insists on going outside every day. In pre-isolation days, our daily routine was to have breakfast, get dressed, then load her into the stroller for a quick walk to the shops to get what we needed for lunch and dinner that day. Nowadays, we’ve had to adjust our routine. We’re certainly not going to the shops everyday, but my daughter still insists on a walk.

Instead, we go on a long, slow walks around the neighbourhood. If you’ve never walked at a toddler’s pace, you should try it sometime. Everything fascinates her so we have frequent stops. She is enamoured by the stone lion a few doors down. She is always on the lookout for birds. And if we see a dog, it makes her day. It does, however, mean that the short distance to the shops takes a very long time.

So today, I’m grateful that we live such a short distance away from the shops so we can still get there in a decent amount of time, even while walking at a toddler’s slow pace.

What are you grateful for today?

This post was inspired by Discover Prompts, Day 16: Slow and Day 17: Distance.

2 comments on “Gratitude: My neighbourhood

  1. Shravani
    April 18, 2020

    This is so sweet. The current situation is affecting us all, and we need to see it from different perspectives to truly understand the depth of it.

    • Penne Cole
      April 18, 2020

      Yeah definitely. That’s why I’m challenging myself to find things that I’m grateful for. I must admit it’s getting harder as the days go on!

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