A gem in the town where I grew up, the park was lively with walkers and runners, a grandmother with an adorable little boy, a friendly guard, and a gardener dead-heading some spectacularly tall cone flowers. Even the dragonflies were flitting and sandpipers fluting.
The new Barons stadium, Regions Field, sports a logo and clean stands. We were supposed to visit it last evening at the very moment we arrived a couple of blocks away at Children's. In another direction, I saw the Merita bread factory and asked if it was still baking. My niece wasn't sure, but if I squinted my eyes and perked my nose, I could almost catch a whiff of the warm doughy smell I loved so in childhood.
Before leaving, my family gathered and waved like the queen, though I'm the one who felt like the queen today, treated, as I was, to kindness and good citizenship and love on a little sojourn in a beautiful place with beautiful people.
|Note: V is still sporting her Children's Hospital ID bracelet.|