Taking time to feed the pigeons

posted Aug 31, 2011, 2:29 PM by K Day   [ updated Sep 19, 2011, 5:45 PM ]
Last week we hopped on the El and headed into the city for an adventure. Our adventures are always fun but I'm always amazed at how "educational" they can be. For instance Taka used his mad skills to 
  • Map out our route on the paper CTA map
  • Kept track as the stops went by to make sure we got off at the right place 
  • Headed us East when we got back to street level
  • Navigated to the nearest coffee shop when we got off the train. (yes, he is trained well:)
It might not sound like much but how many 6 year olds can navigate Chicago with a map on the El? Actually it's probably a lot but it's still cool to know that my little guy is one of them :) 

Once we were topside (our stop was underground on the red line) Taka fell into what I call his "Urban Kid Mode". He spotted the nearest coffee shop and made a beeline to it. He confidently ordered his "Vanilla Milk" and happily chose a table at the window so he could people watch. He made chit chat with neighboring coffee house goers and had some silly face fun with other kiddo's hanging out.

Taka and a "friend" making faces at each other and laughing hysterically. Every time Taka would stop making faces to eat the little guy in the stroller would go wild trying to make Taka laugh. 

Back out on the street we started towards the Water Tower. While cutting through the park, Taka saw a man feeding the pigeons. Immediately the "please mom, can I?" came out and before I could say "yes" or "no" he was talking to the guy and feeding the pigeons. Normally I probably would have stopped him and quickly moved on. Today however, it dawned on me, why not stop to feed the pigeons? I liken it to "Stop and smell the flowers". I don't think it's so much what you stop to do but that you stop, recognize the opportunity here and take it. It was a special treat for Taka and he loved it. I know Taka will remember this for years to come and I hope, as an adult, he'll recognize that it's o.k. to stop and enjoy life.

Below: Taka feeding the pigeons at Water Tower