Monday, August 31, 2009

The grass is greener

As we prepared to leave our beloved Brooklyn for our new home in Toronto, E and I often talked about how great it was going to be to have lots of open space for Cassius and Indio to run and play.

In Brooklyn, we spent many hours in Fort Greene Park, just steps from our apartment. We used to walk Cassius in the park a few times a day, I would meet up with my mommy group, and E still runs his Boot Camp classes there. It was a great place to meet friends for a picnic or a walk. I even went running there...once.

Our only complaint was that it was crowded. Being the only large-ish green space in our 'hood, we weren't the only ones who wanted to take advantage of it, especially when the weather was nice.

Now that we are in Toronto, we live close to a large park where we take Cassius for his daily walks. It's not technically an off-leash park, so we are very mindful of the other patrons in the park, though compared to Brooklyn, there are only a handful of people out at any given time. This weekend while at my parents house in the 'burbs, I took Cassius out to play in the school park nearby. It was kind of eery because I was the only person out in this vast open space in the middle of a beautiful August day. No one else was around! All I could think of was, "These people don't know what a jewel they have in their neighbourhood: a clean, safe, well-maintained park with 2 playgrounds, a soccer field, 2 baseball diamonds and enough blacktop to enjoy a game of 3-on-3, handball, or hopscotch."

Wonder what they would think if they lived in NYC where we used to clamour over everyone else for a patch of grass.


rebecca September 2, 2009 at 11:53 PM  

I've thought of you every weekend morning I've taken a walk...when I pass the folks at the tables--with their barbecues all set up--tables with chips and sodas...not to have guests for two hours more... and I realize they've been there since 6am. la free-and-open-park! yay toronto.

K*OS! (Keep On S'myelin!) September 3, 2009 at 8:59 PM  

That's why you need to come out here, my friend. Everyone is always outside in our neighbourhood!

G+D September 7, 2009 at 1:40 PM  

Sounds like you've found yourself a wonderful little patch of grass. Hope you're enjoying life in Toronto!

bklyn76 September 9, 2009 at 11:51 PM  

@rebecca, that's why you need to visit asap: to partake in all the wonderful things TO has to offer.

@K*OS, your 'hood is definitely nice! trust me, we are tempted to trek out there!

@G+D, Toronto is such a breath of fresh air from NYC...literally. [though i miss NY dearly.]

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