I Went for a Walk and Found Something Totally Unexpected!

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I love to go walking. I think my love of walking came from my mother. My mother and I would take walks every evening, after dinner, just before it got too dark. We would walk, sans phone because this was the early 2000s, and just enjoy nature. We would admire the trees and plants in the yard, wave hello at the neighbors, and breathe in the fresh air.

When I studied abroad in Germany in college, I had to walk everywhere. Rather than creating a hatred for this underrated sport, I learned to love it more.

I was in Berlin, where most people walk or bike everywhere. If it’s too far to walk or bike, then they take the u-bahn (the subway). I loved being able to just walk from place to place instead of relying on taxis or cars to get around. I loved not having to wait impatiently at the traffic stop, waiting for it to turn green. And finally, I loved the freedom of walking, and feeling so accomplished after going somewhere on my own two feet.

Now, as a mother, I am determined to allow my children to enjoy the benefits of walking. I want them to be able to breathe the fresh air and see the natural scenery that exists around us. I want them to be able to smell the flowers and feel the grass beneath their toes. I want them to stretch their legs and exercise. I want them to learn to enjoy something as simple as walking, not only as a form of exercise, but as a fun family past time.

These past few weeks, we have been taking walks in the evenings, after dinner, and right before it gets too dark. I strap the baby into his stroller trike and we walk after the four year old wearing her Frozen helmet and riding her pink scooter.

I’m going to document in pictures the things that we saw on our walk in our neighborhood today. I hope that this will encourage you to not only take walks but to enjoy the beauty that exists right in your immediate surroundings.

I am so thankful that we live here, surrounded by all of this beauty. There are so many trees and flowers. We even saw a frog nestled into a crevice on the playground structure.

But what was most surprising was finding a briefcase propped up against a stop sign on the sidewalk. For a moment, I was flabbergasted. I thought these kinds of things only happened in books or the movies.

It’s not the best looking briefcase. It’s old, black, and dirty. There’s a lock on it, so it may very well be locked. As I sit here writing this, I’m wondering what’s in it. Perhaps it’s clothes. Perhaps it’s money. Or perhaps it’s empty. Wouldn’t that be a laugh?

What would you do if you came across a briefcase in the middle of the road?

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Hi! I'm Helen and I am a 32 year old biracial millennial mom raising two multiracial children. I am a writer, English consultant, and social media manager. I am a self-proclaimed chocoholic.

19 thoughts on “I Went for a Walk and Found Something Totally Unexpected!

  1. Loved this! πŸ’• I love taking walks with my mom as well. There’s something nice about getting fresh air and looking at nature. It’s a great way to take a break from technology as well.

  2. Are you saying you didn’t open the briefcase? I would be an idiot and open the briefcase because I’m just too curious.

    All the best, Michelle (michellesclutterbox.com)

  3. My bride and I walk every morning around our neighborhood and we are trying to get up to five miles a day. Got up to 3.5 miles today. Not bad for a 70 year old with six strokes behind him! πŸ˜‰
    But there is a more important “walk” I take every day: https://wordpress.com/block-editor/post/capost2k.wordpress.com/17325.
    As for the briefcase, my mom used to say, “Curiosity killed the cat . . . but satisfaction brought him back.”

    1. That is so fantastic! Walking is just so good for the soul.
      Yeah I’m thinking about going back to see if it’s still there.

  4. I love walking, especially in nature. I find walking is a great way to de-stress, defo soothes the mind! Can’t believe you never had a peak in the suitcase, I would of been so tempted lol

    1. I couldn’t stop thinking about it so that next day I went back to see if it was still there. It was wide open and empty. Someone had stuck it upside down on top of a community bulletin board

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