"We are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike." ~Maya Angelou

Friday, September 19, 2014

Again With The Village and BBOKC

    I know it sounds trite, but it really does take a village to raise a child. (I'm just going to keep blogging about this because I think it is important to remember). Not because children are so difficult to take care of, but because each of us has something different to teach them because we are all blessed with different gifts.  I could teach someone how to sing, or dance, or make a pie, but I could not teach anyone how to fish or fix a lawnmower or stitch up a cut leg.  I love watching people helping other people's children, loving them, keeping them safe.
     This evening we attended, and participated in Parking Day on Western, in OKC. This is a nation-wide, or is it world-wide?, event on the third Friday in September, when businesses, usually small businesses, set aside two parking spaces and turn them into a small park. The event in OKC was sponsored by Better Block OKC. Savory Spice Shop had a park, in conjunction with Rugs of Oklahoma (our landlords). We had tables and chairs and umbrellas for shade, as well as a miniature golf course. Well, it was one hole, but you could play golf and get some free peanuts in the shell and cold water.
     The guys across the street had goal posts up with the colors of the to two big state universities and nerf footballs to throw through them. They had a caricaturist and someone selling meat pies and two corn hole boards with bean bags. Farther down the street, at A Date With Iris, was the snow cone truck and a guy with a hot dog truck. Here are the Richards kids playing some checkers and waiting for the dogs to come off the grill.

     My personal favorite was the back massage I got at 42nd Street Candy Company. Oh yeah! The kids got tea and gummy bears, Brent got to keep E from running headlong into traffic and I got a rub down. Perfect end to the 'watching the grandkids days' while their mom was in D.C..  There is a big push in OKC toward building community now, bringing people together as often as possible, building relationships. I noticed, as I was driving to the apt., that the school down the street from the shop was having a family night on the play ground, complete with games and homemade food. That's what I'm talking about.

   How did I get off the village theme and onto this event, you may ask? Excellent question. Good to know someone is paying attention to the details.
     At one point in the evening, while Maggie and I were getting our pictures drawn, Everett went charging after a football out toward the street (imagine Western Avenue on a Friday evening….gasp!) and every adult in the "park" yelled to get him to stop.  Of course it scared him to death and he cried bloody murder, but he did not get hit by a car. We were all watching all the kids, even though it appeared we were sitting around chatting with one another, eating Empanadas.
     It takes all of us. Here are some pics from my gallery, showing people watching over other people's precious little ones. There are lots of good people in the world, doing good things every day.  It would be so easy to forget this loving, in the light of all the bad news in the media. I know, lots of bad stuff is happening, but lots of good stuff is happening as well. I did not see a single TV camera out at the Parking Day event today.  Let's turn off the tube and go outside in the crisp (?) Fall weather and spread some love around.
     Here you go. Enjoy.

                                                         Grandaddy Richards and Maggie J.

                                             My Grandma Melton with Able, Audra and Abbey

                                                Grandma B (me) with little Everett

                                                  Rowan Korenak with Great Great Grandpa Dotter


 Great Aunt Ann, planting bulbs with Brendan and Maggie

                                                 Uncle Able with B and M


Aunt Anna with little Zaney boy
                                                        Aunt Audra with Mags

                                                        Grandma with Zane


                                       Aunt Deb with Michelle                                                      

Danny with his science kids
                                             Zach and Audra with Brendan and Sophie


                              Great Uncle Scott with Preston
                                             Aunt Abbey and Uncle Brent with baby Zane


 Great Great Grandma Blakley with Brendan

                                                      Grammie Korekak with Blaine

                                            PaPa Korenak with Clay and Blaine


                                                  Grandpa Blakley with Brendan


Able with baby Kaiser
                                             Grandma Alice Dotter with Jason

                                                 Aunt Kari with little Katie

                                         My friend Cass with Zane, Maggie and Emily

 Yours truly with my Grandma, Gladys Dotter, following our trip to the UK together  (1977)

             This is not someone else's kid, this is my own, known around OKC as The Hat Guy.
           Here we are all dressed up in our Spice Merchant garb, happy to be slinging spices together.

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