Thursday, August 22, 2013

Sunday in the Park

This past Sunday, I met up with a dear friend who lives just outside Boston.  Years ago, while visiting me in New York, she gave my children a lovely book entitled Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey.  It takes place in Boston's beautiful Public Garden, a lush green oasis in the middle of the city.  It is an endearing tale about a mother duck who is trying to find a suitable home for her eight ducklings and the obstacles she faces along the way.  My children love this story because the police officer who helps Mrs. Mallard is named Michael (my third born) and the illustrations are both engaging and charming.  So, what better place to meet for lunch with our small children?  We packed sandwiches, fruit and cookies and spread out a blanket underneath one of the graceful willow trees.  We were in the perfect location right across from the lagoon where the ducks and swans were gathered.  My two year old son delighted in feeding the ducks and raced back and forth for yet another piece of bread.  It was an idyllic setting to catch up with an old friend and watch our children enjoy the wonders of this magical park.

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