We often walk our dogs in the local park, where they can run off-leash and mix with others. There are lots of dog-walkers there and we've gradually gotten to know many of them quite well - as our dogs play together we like to just chat about this and that. Throughout my pregnancy the 'doggy crowd' have been really concerned for and supportive of me, and on Monday we came home to find a big card in our mailbox filled with messages of congratulations from over 20 people from the park. We've been really touched by all the kind wishes expressed by our friends and family, near and far, and this was the icing on the cake ... that someone in the park went to the trouble of buying a card, and that all those people wrote in it for us. What a lovely sense of community, built simply through the sharing of time with our dogs!
Last night when we went to walk Gus and Bracken with our new bub in the pram many of the park-goers came rushing over to meet him and they told us that word was going around: "The baby's here! The baby's here!" (as though he's the only baby to ever visit the park!) ....
... it was a little odd but also rather sweet.
Hooray for the little things that brighten our days!