Natalie and I live in a wonderful neighborhood called the Benton Stephens Community, an old residential area between Stephens College and Benton Elementary. We love where we live. And one of our favorite things to do on a beautiful day is to take a walk around the neighborhood. It slows us down and connects us. Plus, there are so many great pictures to be made around the neighborhood.
We love looking at all the different houses we pass by. We'll point out our favorites and talk about ideas for our future homes. There are so many great homes in Benton Stephens. Each one has its own character.
We're also bound to see people we know on a walk around the block. We have a lot of friends who live in the neighborhood--many are people I've met from working at the bakery. But there are also families with children and older folks who live in the neighborhood. It's really beautiful to see the diversity in age. It serves as a great contrast to the lack of diversity on campus. And even if we pass by someone we don't know, we'll still wave--it's that kind of neighborhood.
Though there are little things about our attic apartment that can bother us, when I think about the neighborhood we live in I'm reminded of how blessed we really are.
our walks around our neighborhood are something to be cherished. our neighborhood is a treasure- a place where children can be heard playing among the piles of dried leaves, where lazy cats spend their afternoons lounging on the porches of historic homes, and neighbors come together to harvest and tend to the flourishing community garden just right outside our door step.
and along these walks, we always see something different, notice something new, and appreciate the little changes.
especially during the winter months, i am always tempted to fall into a deep sadness, a sadness that makes me stay inside, cooped up, without any fresh air or warmth of the sun. so now, whenever i feel sad, perhaps depressed, i make myself go outside & walk. i am able to be a part of something greater, even if it is only for time spent walking around the block.
so, i hope you'll take a walk... & let us know how it goes!