I have to go to Walgreens and the Post Office about once a week. It’s only a four block walk, but with a 2 and 3 year old in tow, it’s a MAJOR EXCURSION, taxing all my physical and emotional faculties.
There’s a shortcut from Walgreens to the Post Office through the Safeway Parking lot, then down through the side entrance that leads to 29th St. It’s got broken glass everywhere, it stinks of urine, it’s got spent roaches since the pot dispensary is around the corner, and it’s at the point in our journey where the girls are starting to get tired and begin to lose it. Many times Hazel has refused to walk at this point, and if I have my hands full of Walgreens items and a package to mail, it can be impossible. So I made use of the yellow textured material that delineates the “walking path” from the car entrance.
I told them to “follow the Yellow Brick Road” like in “The Wizard of Oz”. I even sing the song. They have totally bought into it. It’s made my life so much easier.
(FYI, when I shot this I made sure no cars were coming, and usually I am skipping and singing like a fool right next to them, so no harping on my mothering abilities por favor.)