Friday, July 1, 2011


Another week in the books.  And it was a great week.  Was fortunate enough to have meals with several amazing friends.  Went to a few stores.  Everything went smoothly, except...

On Wednesday, the baby and I went for a walk in the park.  We are quite lucky to live across from a huge park with a 1.5 mile trail encircling it.  The park includes a huge pond with a large amount of fish, ducks, turtles, and other wildlife.  It is a really great place to bring kids and have a good time.

As the baby and I were walking around the pond, I decided to indulge the baby in one of his favorite activities - chasing the geese.  On this day, because it was so hot, most of the geese were at the top of a big hill underneath some trees that overlook the pond.  I began to push the running stroller down the hill after the now running and honking geese (why they do not fly away, I will never understand). 

As we went under the tree where the geese had been sitting, I suddenly felt something land on my forehead, and as I began to swat it away, I felt it sting me on the top of my forehead.  I flailed violently (seems to be a theme in my life these days), knocked off my glasses, shouted out in pain, and let go of the running stroller that was on the hill leading to the pond.  I was pretty sure my death was imminent.

Thankfully, I am not allergic to bee stings.  More thankfully, however, I composed myself in time to get a grip on the running stroller before it raced down the hill into the pond.  It would not have been a good day if my son had ended up in the pond.  Luckily, I didn't have to explain anything to my wife when she returned home from work.

So the lesson learned:  Do not let go when pushing a running stroller down hill towards a large open body of water.

Have a Happy and Safe 4th of July!


  1. Good for you getting out in this heat! I've been staying inside where it's nice and cool. Would that be Carondelet Park you speak of? I love that park and the trail especially. If so, we're neighbors. Howdy neighbor. :) If not, I enjoy reading your blog and all of the things you are experiencing as a SAHD. I'm a SAHM expecting number 6!

  2. I'm over on the Illinois side of the river. Congrats on #6!!