It was all very lovely. After we had made it home, over dinner, Frances said, "Mama, I love going on walks, because we always see our neighbors." Gabriel piped up, adding, "And it's always a surprise, and we never know who we will see or what we will do with them!"
I couldn't agree more. It's why covering ground on foot is superior to any other form of travel--it brings us these surprise sweet encounters with our neighbors that just can't happen in a car. We like to remind ourselves of how important the village is for growing children, but like so many things we pursue in the name of our kids' well-being--time outside, reading, music, play, art, even time with us--it's pretty important for our well-being, too.