It feels really nice to make someone's day. I had a couple of errands to run, so I picked up my grandmother so that she could tag along, get out of the house, get some groceries, etc. I told her that I planned on taking Marge to the park for a short walk, and asked her if she wanted to come. She said she would.
We only walked for about a half hour (it was cold and getting icy), but my grandma, who is very young and spry for her age (late 70s), was happy to get some fresh air and see the park. When I dropped her off home, she thanked me profusely, and told me how nice it was, how much she appreciated it, and that we'll have to go again.
I spend a lot of time with my grandma - I see her a couple of times a week, at minimum. But, I'm usually at her house, or she's at mine, or we're in the supermarket or deli together. It was nice to spend some quality time with her away from the usual. It's too bad that most of her other grandkids (and some of her own kids, for that matter) don't do the same, but such is life, and at least I was able to make her happy.
Marge enjoyed the change of scenery as well. I haven't exactly kept to my promise of taking her to different parks every week (though we have been walking around my neighborhood every day due to the snow in the field across the street, which is still a huge change for us), so this was our first park outing since the last time I blogged about it.
She chased lots of squirrels. There were TONS of them, including an all black one. I've heard about black squirrels before, but have never seen one personally. We also saw some hawks hanging out in a tree, which was very exciting!
Marge's experiences in this park have ranged from the very good to the very bad; the park itself is awesome because there is both a fair amount of foot traffic and a fair amount of places to move away from that traffic. It's the perfect hybrid between city park and secluded getaway. Of course, it resembled more of a secluded getaway today with the low temps, but that's okay.
However, the surrounding communities, for some reason, are very noisy! We've heard construction sounds within the park on a couple of occasions, which has NOT make Marge happy. Thankfully, except for a few loud noises (likely from the sanitation trucks collecting heaps of garbage following this snow storm), it was very quiet today, and Marge fared well.
Marge was still raring to go when we were back at the car, but, with my grandma along, 30 minutes was enough time for the day. Hopefully, we'll get back there soon.