Take a walk, take a stand, take a bow

July 16, 2007 at 2:51 am 1 comment

HorseYesterday, my whole family went for the walk (40 minutes; moderate exercise… 2  more Weight Watchers points to eat, yay!)

My husband and son rode their bikes. My son is 3 1/2 but has a ‘big boy’ bike with training wheels. My husband is an avid biker, and my daughter (almost two) and I followed along with the stroller. We had front row seats for the father/son bonding show, and it was awesome. Well, technically, we had front row seats for our dog’s rear end, but beyond that I mean.

We live in a pretty urban area that I love, but I’m not blind to the problems with it either.  The path we chose was a new one, literally.  It is a nice, paved walking and biking trail that goes along a creek and was just completed earlier this week.

I went from the high of feeling lucky to have such a great resource to exercise and spend time with my family to the low of seeing the city’s underbelly.  There are small tunnels on the trail as it goes under the streets.  In the first tunnel was a very sketchy guy hanging around. A few feet away on the ground was a spoon.  I was scared but figured between my husband and the dog, we were probably OK.

I spent the next 20 minutes very pissed off, if you’ll excuse my language.  Here was this nice, new tunnel and already “they” were doing drugs there.  Then I got really mad, and I though no, I won’t let them. Or at least, I am going to do what I can to say no, this is MY city. I want a trail to walk on, and this is it. I don’t want to move out to the suburbs, but I don’t want to see this garbage anymore. I decided I would call the police and ask them to spend more time there. Then I realized they don’t have the resources, and as much as I don’t want it to be – the reality is that it’s “us” against “them”.

I went home and by chance (or perhaps, not) my neighbor came over for a chat. She is an avid walker too. I told her about the experience, and said that if drug dealers and their customers see enough families on that trail, they will find somewhere else to do their business.

She said she would make it a point to spread the word to everyone in the area to try and walk on the new trail soon and often before it falls into decay.  And that is how it begins, isn’t it?

I have a degree in Anthropology that I rarely use, but I will whip it out now.  Margaret Mead was a famous anthropologist (if there is such a thing) and she said,

         “A small group of thoughtful people could    change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

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  • 1. Race Mom  |  July 17, 2007 at 1:51 pm

    So sorry to hear that your family walk had a grey cloud looming over it. I know that the police can be strapped, but even if they could just make their presence know, that may help. Or organize a neighborhood watch. Post warnings. Any thing for the safety of you and your family is worth it!

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