Coming back from Linvilla Orchards one afternoon, we passed by a sign that sparked a memory. Taylor Arboretum, established in 1946, is a quiet, little spot, tucked into a bend of Ridley Creek just outside the city of Chester.
My son and I debated which path to take. Thirty minutes is not much time to explore 30 acres. In the end, we decided to go down, to the left, and wind our way back around to the parking lot.
Quiet and isolated, the path lay before us.
Of course, sticks are for guns. Any mother of a boy knows that. Though we hope some day to tame the wild little boys.
Steps down the hill reminding me of another place visited. Stone steps like these have an ever present quality wherever I encountered them.
"Mom, I can't walk near him. He's moving." "Son, look how slow he is. He looks like he'll fall off that log." Ponderously the beetle climbs down to the plant, and then the ground. Alexander Beetle comes to mind.
This is how I will remember him. Feet in the wrong shoes.
One last surprise before we headed off to school and to pick up the pace of modern life.
If you go.... Taylor Memorial Arboretum
10 Ridley Drive, Wallingford, PA 19086 610-876-2649
Hours: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Sunday - Saturday
Barb is a mom of 5 kids who spends her day keeping track of socks, stuffed animals, library books, and a 4 year old when she isn't writing about all the frugality, gardening, cooking, and reading she manages to fit in between the chaotic moments. She can be found at A Life in Balance, Frugal Local Kitchen, or on Twitter with daily doses of life in 140 characters or less.