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Terrific Tuesday

March 28, 2007

And now, a positive letter….

Dear Lady in the Pretty Blue Shirt,

Thank you so much for opening the door for us as we left the post office. I was using my lighter but wider side by side umbrella stroller and it was really sweet of you. This was especially cool because you literally dropped what you were doing and said, “Leaving? Wait while I open the door.” You weren’t even that close to the door. Then you proceeded to draft some random guy walking in the building to hold open the other door. It’s nice to be reminded that there are people out there who will give help freely.

Twin Mom Running Errands

Today was a gorgeous day. Sunny, warm, 78 degrees. Beautiful.

We spent the morning at a playground that must have been built by a mother of multiple toddlers. It had all the requirements. Gated with only one exit, soft rubber covering the entire ground – not just the 2 foot radius around each piece of equipment, and equipment completely suitable for the toddler set. The sliding board thingy had a series of platforms with 4 inch steps that were completely manageable for my 15 month-olds. They were able to get up to the top of the sliding board without me!!!!! They fell twice without adding to the bruises on their foreheads and it was small enough that they can run in two different directions without me losing sight of either one. I ran into a triplet mom and two other twin moms in our short visit. I ended up enjoying it so much that I had to rush a little with our errands (post office, library, drug store) to make it home for nap time. It was sooooo worth it.

It’s so funny how I look at a building now compared to when I was childless. When stopping at a post office I chose based on proximity to where I was and the hours. Now, I look for a parking lot, handicap ramp, and a self service machine (no lines, no waiting.) When I think about going to a library it’s no longer about book selection. It’s all about how wide their aisles are. And there’s such an evolution to my requirements. Just 1 year ago all of my outing decisions were based on whether it was noisy enough that two babies crying wouldn’t be noticed. I would only go to the library between 3pm and 5pm when the afterschool kids were there making tons of noise. I wonder what I’ll need 5 years from now or 15 years from now? Because I’m assuming that when they’re teenagers we’ll finally be able to visit places that aren’t fenced in….

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  1. Swistle permalink
    March 28, 2007 2:02 pm

    I LOVE encounters like that. I sometimes feel a little embarrassed when someone goes out of their way to open the door for me, but it makes me feel happy with the world, too. I especially like it when I thank them and they say, “Oh, I’ve been there!” or “I remember those times!” or something else to make it seem like they don’t even consider it a favor but more like a bonding activity between moms.

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