A post for Sundays in My City, an Unknown Mami regular feature. Visit her site to see other lovely spots around the globe. I love it because it encourages me to show you the wonder of Boonie Life.
There’s a park not far from our home. It is where Maria crawled around in the grass as a fat, little baby; where she took her first tricycle ride; where she likely will learn to ride without training wheels. There is a long path through a field that leads down to the river, as it gently lopes its way through our little town. In the spring and summer, the path is filled with wildflowers and birdsong.
It is, indeed, my own little nirvana. It could do with more trees, for the Tennessee sun blasts down upon the wide open fields and bakes the place to an unbearable degree.
But, we’re not really there yet.
At the moment, the early mornings and the late evenings there are magic. There are usually a bunch of children and dogs — all romping, laughing, barking. All kinds of birds whiz and swoosh past us here too. There’s often a beautiful heron down by the pond and, without fail, some energetic barn swallows — these guys in the picture — nesting under the picnic shelter in the spring and summer.
So, on Sundays this is usually where you’ll find me…just “down the road a piece” from home…as they say down here. Why hang in the city, when we’ve got this?
p.s. Boonie Blog readers, if you haven’t hung out over at the Tiki Tiki lately, let me point you to a few funnies from the last few days.
A dichos post: Mango Bajito! What happens when a Colombian and a Cuban marry…
Funny videos by the writer Nick Najera of the genius Latinologues and Latino Ahora! Today! Now! (a great spoof TV show)
And, this one from last month: A video by Carmencita (real name Ana Margarita Menendez) from Que Pasa, USA? for the Tiki Tiki. I met her at Cuba Nostalgia and got all weepy with joy over it.
Happy 4th of July!