Sunday, January 25, 2009

Sunday Stroll - City Sidewalks

So... I promised to tell what I was "busy about today." The morning was ordinary: I did some homework, some housework, and baked some bread. In the afternoon, Haiku and I picked her sister up from work and we headed into the city. Our city, about a half an hour drive from home, would be a town by most people's standards. By virtue of two malls, some small-scale "urban sprawl" and several "big box stores, this quaint town qualifies as a city. At least it does to those of us living in a township that doesn't even have a traffic light.

A little river skirts one side of the main downtown street. With the thermometer reading only 11 degrees F, we did not linger as long at the riverside as we would have on a warmer day. We strolled down the city streets and window shopped, popping in a boutique and a bookstore... mostly to escape the cold.

At last, having already secured our tickets when we first arrived, we entered a gorgeous refurbished theater. Crimson velvet curtains rose and we sat beneath a "starlit" ceiling and watched Slumdog Millionaire. The movie was riveting... just perfect!

When our emotional journey was over (in other words, when the movie ended) we stepped out of India and back onto the quiet streets of a small northern city. The cold air and pale skies were a shock after the color and vibrance of the film. We headed toward the car, filling the air with the excited chatter that follows a really good movie. Senryu requested that I make some homemade chai, as I did often the year we studied India (back in our old homeschooling days) and have only done occassionally in the years since.

We're back at home now, sipping our spicy chai and enjoying the warmth and comfort of home.
all photos by Haiku and Aisling, Sunday January 25, 2009


Everydaywoman said...

What a lovely day with your girls! Thanks for sharing! I've been wondering if the movie was a good one and now I know!

Aisling said...

Ruth, It was a very nice day! Thanks for visiting and commenting. :)

Robbin with 2 B's! said...

Sounds like a perfect day Aisling, I too have been curious about that film.

Aisling said...

Robbin, I hope you have a chance to see it. I think you would really appreciate it! How nice to see you here!

City Mouse said...

Such neat photos of the snow - especially on all the different kinds of steps and stairs. Sounds like you had a really lovely day. That theater looks beautiful!

Aisling said...

City Mouse, My daughter took those stair photos. Aren't they great?

The theater is really beautifully appointed. I hadn't been there yet, since it reopened a few years ago, so that made the afternoon even more fun. :)

One Woman's Journey said...

I was waiting to see what your special Sunday was like. Loved the pictures. All my children have seen that movie. Might be to emotional for mom. It was encouraging to see the distance of your small town. I am building 45 minutes from the big city. That is not to far away from family is it. Talked to my daughter in Sanford, Michigan. Cold cold cold I have had no snow this winter.

Aisling said...

Ernestine, I need to catch up with you on your blog and hear all the plans for the new place! You might really enjoy that movie. :)


Karla said...

I remember when you all were studying the different countries in homeschooling. Such a wonderful teacher! Even thought you're not homeschooling them anymore, you're still a wonderful teacher - especially with days like this.

Aisling said...

Karla, What a lovely supportive comment! Thanks!

We do still do that studying a country each year thing, but the character of our study has changed somewhat as the girls have grown and since we are all in school in different locations. This year, I think we are focusing in on Wales.

I'm glad you stopped by!