American in Spain

Fun in Martha's Park

November 24, 2010
Autumn Parenting

When I was a kid, sometimes my after school daycare program would bring us to The Children's Park, right downtown next to The News Herald, the town newspaper, and across from The Rec[reation] Center. There was an old fire engine that had been parked in the park for children to play on. I very vividly recall all the little – and I mean tiny – nooks and crannies, presumably where pumps or folded hose had been, of that fire truck that we used to crawl into with as much exit strategy as the Pentagon. Ah, good times.

In 2004, the park was completely renovated with donations from the wealthy Pheifer family, in memory of Martha Pheifer, and renamed Martha's Park. Earlier this year, my parents moved a few blocks from the park, so on Monday, while I was telecommuting to the office, Nora went to the park with her mother and grandmother. Judging from the photos, they had a grand old time. In the park

Nora's an expert at the "swinging with cookie" maneuver.

With Mommy in the park

"Mi casa es su casa."


"Have a seat. We need to talk."

Playing at the park

Through the window. I love this shot.

Elephant in the park

Riding an elephant.

Martha's Park

I assume this statue is of Martha?

Doing laps

Doing laps around the circle.

Fun at the park

Monorail Cat.

Autumn Parenting

We've had some truly wonderful weather so far this week. I'm glad that Nora and Marga are getting to enjoy it.