Defensive Walking 

I love to get outside and enjoy the fruits of our urban backyard. Some days it can be a major accomplishment to make it outside our flat door. Today was one of those days. Yea! Dressed and ambulatory as a twosome!

It’s starting to feel like I spend a disproportionate amount of time shaking my head disapprovingly at drivers while I’m out walking though. I want to enjoy the city, but I want to feel safe!


I often say out loud. Today I watched incredulously as a driver shouted back to a pedestrian whom he had nearly run over after the pedestrian made a gesture like

What was that?

Okay the pedestrian didn’t exactly have the walk signal, but the drivers lane was also backed up so as soon as the driver made it through the light he had to stop for the next light.

Lake and I cross, luckily without incident. I’m only a few steps along, however, when I hear behind me a telltale


Motor vehicle accident. Someone was turning left across traffic. Someone was going straight. I don’t know who had the light. I’m starting to feel like that part is irrelevant anyways.

img_1110It recalls a salient saying regarding driving in Italy.

Green means go! Amber means go faster! And red? Red is just a suggestion.

Meanwhile I have become a paranoid pedestrian. Today’s adventure was taking me in search of the Whole Foods organic strawberry sale, and after that intersection I took to exploring the quiet alleys. It was great! The most congestion I experienced was when I walked along with a free range chicken.


Yep, we had a bucolic foray up north. It was almost like we ended up at a farm stand. My prize! Yum!

One thought on “Defensive Walking 

  1. I can save you a lot of time here because I did read ALL the books. And I’ll tell you there are only a few that I actually got real good advice from. So before you totally give up on the experts just read this one book more. It’s short and very sciencey:
    The Natural Baby Sleep Solution: Use Your Child’s Internal Sleep Rhythms for Better Nights and Naps
    After that, don’t bother reading the Baby Whisperers entire giant book, the gist is: feed Lake right when waking up from a nap, instead of when putting him down for one. (E.A.S.Y., google it, great advice)
    And then around 6 months you might read the SleepLadys book.
    There ya go. Or don’t read any of them. It can be so overwhelming.

    P.s. Is that his arm hanging out the bottom of the sling? Ha!

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