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Walking with friends


I used to walk with my friend, Barbara. We were neighbors for many years, and we went for an early morning walk a good number of those years. Her husband made us a cup of coffee every day that I totally appreciated as we started out.  We set our empty mugs on the curb at the end of the street and picked them up on our return. She was an outstanding walking pal.  On those walks we solved all of our problems. We planned craft shows where we shared a booth. We planned events for our families. and neighbors. We talked about our jobs, our kids, our parents and of course, ourselves.

In all of the years I have been a daily walker, I think having someone to walk with is a grand way to start the day. First - there is the commitment to get up and go, because someone is standing outside waiting for you.

Second, it grounds you because a friend who walks daily with you is going to be a good sounding board. They will let you know you are being silly or perhaps flat out wrong about things. In fact - giving your ideas a test run by your walking partner before you take real action is probably smart. I know it has kept me from doing and saying a lot of stupid things. She will remind you she told you so!

And third - its makes a day have purpose. I always come home from a walk feeling like I have achieved something. It is so much easier to head to the studio if I have a couple of miles on my day.

A terrible picture but a great memory. This is me with Barb on a road trip we planned to the winery in Herman, Missouri. Did we do "we shouldn't be doing this" things? I'm not telling.

 In the case of my friend, Barbara, we benefited from all of the above,  and we planned lots of things that provided us with ample laughs later. We always walked just before light because we had early morning starts for work. At certain times of the year we walked in real darkness. We were nearly run over by a shocked neighbor who could not believe we were outside ibefore daylight. We were met out on the street by a gentleman in his bathrobe reprimanding us about our volume as we walked by his house. We crossed paths with a "wanted  man" coming up from the creek where he had been sleeping. Later in the morning we saw an alert for him on the news. (That was actually scary.) We found money on the street. Sometimes we visited with other neighbors who were coming outside to collect newspapers or start their own daily walk. We admired gardens and house additions. Mostly we just shared our lives with each other. Walking with Barbara has provided me with memories that will sustain me forever.

You really should find a pal to walk with. And in honor of that friendship, and the other terrific women I've had the pleasure to share daily walks with, Carol, Connie, Rennie, and Sara, I made this card. Where else are you going to plan your life's adventures? Card is blank on the inside. No doubt you have your own great stories about "things you shouldn't be doing"to share inside! Enjoy.


Reader Comments (4)

Susan, I love your post! I'm assuming that you were writing about Barb Ostrowski.?!?!?
I treasure the panting that you did of my childhood home; I ordered three of them so that I could give one each to my two brothers.
Andrew and Jessi moved to St. Louis just under a year ago from Columbia. They have a son, Calvin; he was four in January and they had a little girl, Eliza, she just turned four months. They live in Kirkwood si they're just seven minutes away depending on traffic.
I just retired two weeks ago. I'm going to go room by room and clean and straighten up and make a pile for a garage sale. Kathy Standley and I have garage sales about twice a year.
OK, hope to hear from you and would love to catch up on you and your boys!
Take care....Lois

July 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLois Weir-Jungers

Hi Susan, so glad I stumbled upon this blog shared by barb Ostrowski on facebook. I really enjoyed reading it. I am on Facebook as myself and my company "Silver Swan Home" check it out. Do you sell your cards anywhere in st.Louis? Love your work!

July 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterChristine Morgan

I love this story and the card. Guess I need to find some friendly neighbors to walk with!

July 19, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

Hi Christine,
Thank you for your comment. I have only one sales location in St Louis, Moonbeams in Kirkwood and I on't really know what the inventory is. Your best bet is to order cards here in my shop. Thank for reading my blog.

July 21, 2016 | Registered CommenterSusan Schmitt

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