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By Cheryl Bac

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About this blog: I'm a wife, stay-at-home mom, home cook, marathon runner, and PhD. I recently moved to the Silicon Valley after completing my PhD in Social Psychology and becoming a mother one month apart. Before that, I ran seven marathons incl...  (More)

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Construction

Uploaded: Feb 1, 2014
Growing up in the Midwest we joked that there were only two seasons: winter and road construction. I never enjoyed the constant rerouting, noise and traffic jams (who does?)

Now that I have a toddler, however, my views of construction are beginning to improve. We recently visited a nearby park. When I saw that the large grassy area was closed off, I was disappointed. But at the same time, my son perked up at the site of a large and noisy construction truck. He thought the construction was a special treat!

One of my first memories in Palo Alto was walking out of our apartment to see a mother and son watching the road construction. The boy brought his own toy construction truck and mimicked the construction workers as they worked day in and day out. What wonderful memories they created.

How have your views of construction or other inconveniences changed after having children?
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Comments

Posted by LJ, a resident of another community,
on Feb 1, 2014 at 12:43 pm

I enjoy reading your blog, Cheryl.

Toddlers, parents with Alzheimer's, and even dogs help us enjoy the moment, including construction. You are on your son's calendar, which gives so many opportunities for fun in the moment. For me with my dog, today there was a moving van stuck in a huge snowdrift, blocking our usual walking path. The weather was warm enough for me to stand and watch the problem solving and shoveling. Meanwhile, my dog enjoyed sniffing as much as he wanted!


Posted by Cheryl Bac, a Almanac Online blogger,
on Feb 1, 2014 at 4:20 pm

Cheryl Bac is a registered user.

LJ - Thank you for being a reader and commenting. I am so glad that you are enjoying my blog. What a great example about how to turn an inconvenience into a fun dog-friendly activity. Thanks for sharing!


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