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A Walk on the wild side

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The Reserve at the Estates of Apple Valley near Britton and Air Depot in Oklahoma City, Monday, Sept. 12, 2011. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
The Reserve at the Estates of Apple Valley near Britton and Air Depot in Oklahoma City, Monday, Sept. 12, 2011. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

My son, Cade, and I went for a short walk in our neighborhood Sunday morning. We were the early risers, and I wanted to work in a walk before the heat of the day.

I originally thought this would be a good workout, although I realized it would be a short walk. His legs are short, and mine are long, so each step I took was several for him.

I realized right away, too, that this was more of an adventure than cardio exercise.

After crossing the road, he stopped to look at some leaves that had fallen from the neighbor’s tree. … A few more steps, and he stopped to look at more leaves.

Then, he splashed his shoe into a rain puddle and then another, and then another.

When we made it to an area with sidewalks, Cade discovered cracks and had to step on every crack! It made me remember the saying, “Step on a crack, you’ll break your mother’s back.”

Halfway through the walk, he reached his arms to me and said, “Help,” because he was tuckered out.

I promised him a banana if he would make it all the way home.

Maybe I should have taken him in a stroller, but our walk through the neighborhood just wouldn’t have been the same.

– Linda Lynn

LLynn@opubco.com

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 The Reserve at the Estates of Apple Valley near Britton and Air Depot in Oklahoma City, Monday, Sept. 12, 2011. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

The Reserve at the Estates of Apple Valley near Britton and Air Depot in Oklahoma City, Monday, Sept. 12, 2011. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

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Linda Lynn

Linda Lynn was born and raised in rural Oklahoma. A graduate of Purcell High School, Lynn began working at The Oklahoman in 1987 as a reporter after earning a journalism degree from the University of Oklahoma. She has served as both a... Read more ›

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