Here is one of the top five Best Things About Living in Litchfield:
Pie in the Park.
On Thursday nights in the summertime, different groups serve supper (brats and hot dogs, burgers, sloppy Joes) and pie and ice cream in the park downtown. (Pro Tip: If you are laughing at the idea of “downtown Litchfield”, ask yourself: would you be laughing more or less if I had told you that the park is called Central Park?)
Each week, a different musical group performs. People bring lawn chairs or blankets. Kids run around. It is a little bit of small town heaven.
This week, the twelve candidates for Litchfield Princess introduced themselves. Wally Pikal and his polka band played The Chicken Dance, and the princess candidates went into the crowd to find kids to join them in the dance. (Pro Tip: This happens every year.)
You know where this is going, right? One of the two current princesses made a beeline for Zoe. “Do you know how to do the chicken dance?” she asked.
Well, no. Zoe did not know how, but she was delighted to give it a try. She started to get the hang of it by the end.
As Mike and I sat in our lawn chairs watching our
baby almost-three-year-old do a circle dance at Pie in the Park, I turned to him and said, “This is a milestone.”
And probably he was humoring me, but he agreed.
What are the minor milestones you remember from your own childhood, or from the lives of your children / grandchildren / nieces / nephews / whoever?