Nick and I love to take walks in the evening. We just meander around the neighborhood with no goal in mind. I used to think we were walking for exercise so I didn't have much patience with Ada's slow progress. Her constant stops to poke at a rock drove me nuts. It also didn't help that I kept checking my phone to make sure we would get home in time for the kids to go to bed. I always felt like I was in a hurry. Instead of relaxing me, these walks were actually stressing me out!
I'm not sure how it happened, but I knew I had to make some changes. So one evening I said to myself, "Who cares!" I left my cell phone at home and we let Ada pick which direction she wanted to go. (She almost always picks the same way, but that's okay.)
We live in a very quiet neighborhood so Ada is able to wander all over the street and into people's front yards. She may stare at a leaf for five minutes or run like a crazy woman after some rabbits. It just doesn't matter. What matters is the joy it brings her. And the joy it brings Nick and I to watch her discover her world.