About a lifetime ago, we lived in a lovely little neighborhood, where the streets were lined with old trees, and monstrous apartment buildings. It was hard to estimate how many people lived on any given block, because you could never see where the apartment buildings started, or ended. This was frustrating on street sweeping days, because the endless amount of cars needed to be shoved onto one side of the street. This inevitably resulted in a long walk home after parking.
But, if you were lucky enough to come home at dinnertime, you would probably meet half of the neighbors on the walk home. It was the tradition in this neighborhood, to go for an evening walk, after dinner. Sometime around five or six o’clock, people would start passing by in couples, or in little clusters. They would meet up at stop signs, or on corners, and have little chats with one another. It was our favorite thing about our little neighborhood.
We started to do it too. After we finished up dinner, we would walk together and talk about our days. These walks have become treasured memories. We would let our son ride his little trike in front of us and we would stroll along behind him. Don’t you love going on a walk with a friend? or even better, your lifelong love? 😉
Our neighbors taught us lessons with their walks. They taught us about community, about walking side-by-side, and about how two are better than one. Who are you walking with these days?
“. . the Lord has told you what is good,
and this is what he requires of you:
to do what is right, to love mercy,
and to walk humbly with your God.”