No this isn’t going to be a recollection about how I walked more than a mile to school, in the snow, uphill both ways…… I’m sure you have heard your grandparents or parents tell that tale a time or two. I lived seven miles from my school (K-12 all in the same sprawling building) and had to ride the bus every day. It was a treat for me when I would stay overnight with a friend in the town my school was in and we could walk home. I don’t remember the distance, but I do know it took of forever, not because it was so far, but because we were talking, looking at flowers, petting dogs, and goofing off. It was fun especially after sitting still all day in class. I never did that very well, still don’t.

We do have to think about the fact, when I was young enough to go to school, especially in a small town, everyone knew each other and it was safe for a kid to walk alone at most any time of day. I’m sorry those days are gone. Today it would depend on your location whether it would be advisable or not, and on the rules of your school district.

In 2004 I was working less than a mile from home in a suburb that has no school buses. All students walk, regardless of age or weather. They did cancel school on snow days and when the temperature was below zero-fahrenheit. I figured if the kids could walk to school, I could walk to work. It isn’t good for your car to drive it that short a distance and turn it right back off anyway. I quickly learned I could walk in any weather except rain. My pant legs got all wet and took forever to dry. Walking in the snow was exhilarating, except when the sidewalks were icy. I must say, crossing a busy intersection was the most unpleasant part because so many drivers paid little attention to me even when I waited for the walk signal. I did enjoy the fresh air, smiling at people along the way and relaxing before my work day began. My co-workers thought I was nuts.

I think we can all agree that walking is good for the human, young and old alike. May I suggest taking a walk, to the local school to see how far it is, along a park path, around your yard, or through the mall. Take some time to smell the odors, listen to the sounds, and notice the varied colors and happenings for a change instead of being in a rush.