Yesterday I met three other mom friends for a park date to enjoy the beautiful 70 degree weather. A conversation ensued:
Me: Wouldn't it be nice if we could let the kids go barefoot? They would love to walk and run without shoes.
Mother #1: Yes! Totally, like a meadow or something
Mother #2: A Meadow would be nice or like any kind of area with green lawn.
Mother # 3: That would feel nice between their toes
Me: Yeah, like a backyard
Mother # 1: Does anyone have one of those?
Mother # 2: I have a concrete balcony. Does that count?
This made me laugh. It was as though none of use had even heard of such a thing. And while I think a child can have a unique and amazing upbringing city (Read Urban Babies Where Black--our children do yoga, wear black, go to galleries, jog, attend fine restaurants and take taxis just like the baby in the book). On the other hand, it was pretty amusing that none of us could even a fathom a backyard.