I adore being outside in most kinds of weather. I also have a learning tool during exams that involves walking outside in low-traffic, rural spots reading my notecards. I love this and I really learn well kinetically. Today, I went on two long walks with my notecards around my neighbourhood. It is one of those beautiful neighbourhoods with grown-up trees and pretty houses. But I can’t help but notice a few sad things.
1. People in my neighbourhood really like to have black, black driveways. On an annual basis they get them painted with a toxic tar substance. I don’t really understand this trend.
2. They also really enjoy pesticide use. Walking around the block and encountering Mr. Weedman yesterday, I couldn’t breathe due to the burning in my nostrils and proceeded to run past him to the open air. But man, that green lawn is sure dandelion-free.
3. It is gorgeous outside. But I’m alone out there enjoying it. No one is outside! Well, some little kids are – but definitely not even a quarter of the population of little kids in my neighbourhood. What is everyone up to?
4. For the little kids that are outside, my neighbours drive too fast in their sport utility vehicles. Way too fast. We all just need to slow down a little.