reading about walking

I have been searching for more books about walking and I found the three above at my library. I started reading Rain: Four walks in English weather and it is quite good. They are all small books and have peeked my interest about why we walk. Yesterday, I made myself stop at the midway point on my walk to sit on a bench and just look around.

Mom and I used to walk. We had a short route and a slow pace. It took me awhile to get used to this kind of walking. But then I started to notice things, things I could point out to mom, things that might spark memories. There were buds on the plum tree this day. I remember that mom talked about the gardener her family had when she was young. Frank mowed the lawn and pruned the trees and took care of the flower beds. Frank and his wife also had a farm. Mom and her siblings loved going out to the farm to play with the rabbits and feed the chickens. As I was sitting on that bench yesterday, I thought about all the memories connected to that part of the trail, that view. I even remember when they installed that bench. Slowing down isn’t always easy for me but I hope to make this kind of walking, wandering, and remembering a regular routine.

Published by Juliann

Recently retired and ready for adventure

10 thoughts on “reading about walking

  1. I am a fast walker by nature; I think it comes from when I walked everywhere in college and often had to rush to get to my next class. Now when I walk I’m walking at a quick pace for exercise purposes and also because I have to get back to my computer to work. But on that rare occasion when my daughter joins me, I’m forced to slow down a bit, and it’s really amazing how much more I notice when I do.

  2. We just went for a long walk yesterday with a friend on the Kirkland trail yesterday and got drenched at the end! Have you read Leave Only Footprints by conar Knighton? I heard an interview on NPR with him; it’s about his visits to all of our national parks. Dick is reading it at the moment and says it’s very good.

  3. I definitely spend my walks in mosey mode, usually with a camera in hand. When our church recently had a little gratitude walk at a local church I quickly paired myself with the 93 year old. We mosied together and saw mire things than the rest of the group together. A lovely way to see the world.

  4. i loved the book a walk through wales. it made me want to visit it more than i already did…
    love, kisses & magical wishes…
    ~*~

  5. What a lovely post … how special that just slowing down enabled conversations and connections that might not otherwise have happened. I’m a fast walker usually, but with my little grand-daughter – who’s also fast but notices everything – all kinds of things (a rough brick surface, daisies growing in a crack in the pavement, a low street sign that wobbles when you push it) have become interesting!

  6. I am glad you have that memory of walking with your Mother. It is very sweet. Interesting books about walking. It is also interesting that quite a few books about walking are written about walking in England. It makes sense as they have a history of walking.

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