Thursday, April 17, 2008

the street where I live

I grew up on a kid-packed street. My best friends now are the ones I grew up with in small-town Connecticut. I cannot stress enough how awesome it is that, at age 34, I've known most of my closest peeps for almost 27 years. They have been through every stage of life with me (for better or for worse - this also means they have a lot of photographic evidence of me in the 80s). I had a truly ideal situation growing up. I'd often leave my house in the morning, not to return for the rest of the day, because, hey! We had forts to build, clubs to form, bikes to ride, hikes to take.

So, I have been pretty dismayed at the fact that our neighborhood seemingly is comprised of 99.9% old people, my next door neighbors who have a 2 year old and a 4(ish) year old, and us. I really do like the next door neighbors and hope that they and Jane become fast friends, but I was hoping for more potential friends for her (and me!) in da 'hood. Lots of my friends have kids, and Jane will hang with them, of course, but I really wanted some kids close by, too. I know, I know, I'm greedy.

You can imagine my delight this evening, then, while taking Jane on a stroll in this fabulous weather, when I ran into a woman who lives down the street and around the corner with a NINE MONTH OLD BABY BOY!! YEAH!!! And, I have to say, I think she may have been equally psyched to see me. I am really happy about this new development, and we already said that we will have to get together soon.

Why do I feel like I'm in junior high all over again?

1 comment:

Oz said...

When we moved into our house 5 years ago, the only kids on the street were the 5 - 9 year old kids across the street who stayed with their dad on alternating weekends. And now, it's like baby mania - there's our almost-six month old, a 9 month old, a 2 week old, and two more on the way via pregnancy or adoption. Something is in the water. It's also partly that the older home owners are selling and moving out, and young families are moving in. I love knowing there are potential friends for Axel in the neighborhood, though. I'm glad you found another baby nearby - maybe you guys can get the baby trend started in your neighborhood.