Walking the Alphabet
How are you caring for yourself during the Pandemic?
We’re walking the alphabet.
City planners named the streets in our community after three alphabets. One has U.S. state and Canadian province names: Alabama, Brunswick, Colorado. Another is historic for our community: Aquila, Boone, Cavell. And the third, well, no one knows the significance: Quentin, Raleigh, Salem. (That alphabet starts with the letter F.)
When the pandemic first began, we walked throughout our neighborhood. Over and over. I took photos and posted them on social media: discoveries from our walk.
Then we grew bored with the same streets, the same route, the same view.
Thus walking the alphabet was born.
We began exploring our community by walking one of the alphabet streets. We assumed that we would have been much further along than we are now, but we discovered that sometimes, it was comforting to walk through our familiar neighborhood and see the same streets, the same route, the same view.
Other times, we were up for an adventure. So we explored another letter of the alphabet.
By walking the alphabet, we discovered fascinating landscaping, architecture, hidden lakes, and decorations that neighbors put up to soothe their souls. Flowers peeked through fences and so did giggling children.
“If you are in a bad mood, go for a walk,” said Hippocrates. “If you are still in a bad mood, go for another walk.”
Good advice for hard times.