The brisk breeze sends a chill through me even though the sunshine tries to warm my face. I inhale the fresh scent of early spring.
Last year I would take walks with my 11 year old. Now that she is 12, taking walks with mom is so uncool. So, here I am, on my evening stroll. It is different now. Now that I don’t have my friendly companion by my side I can take notice of things I haven’t really seen before. A pair of morning doves hover over my house. Robins are busily collecting dinner, and squirrels are hunting for forgotten nuts they squirreled away.
The animals are the fun part. It is the neighbors that are puzzling to me. Several are out walking this evening. Many with a canine companion, others with a partner, two are alone like me. But not one tries to catch my eye. Not one says “Hello.” I smile at them, they avoid eye contact. I call out “Hello!” They turn their heads toward me, almost surprised that I broke their train of thought.
I will continue to take my evening walks, continue to smile and call out “Hello.” Perhaps they will warm up as the weather does.