Three rivers converge here, which means that we have a lot of bridges. There was a huge steel industry here, which resulted in a lot of beautiful homes and a rich history of philanthropy. It's the city of bridges and beauty. It is also full of surprises.
Nature surrounds you in Pittsburgh
One of the things that has surprised me about Pittsburgh is the nature that exists throughout the city. When I lived on the East Side in Point Breeze when I first moved to town I saw a deer on the lawn when I returned from a party. I thought I was hallucinating until I saw several deer in the cemetery in Garfield one day. In the fall, on my way to work I routinely see wild turkeys near my office in Oakland, not the kind that you buy in the Wine and Spirits store, but the kind that run in front of your car!
Now that Spring has finally arrived in Pittsburgh I have been marveling at the beauty of the city. The trees are green and lush. The smells of Spring have filled the air. The flowering trees have blossomed. There are magnolias, dogwoods, and by Shadyside hospital there are even cherry blossom trees!
We truly enjoy Pittsburgh in the Spring
Andre, the toddler and I have been enjoying our city now that Andre has completed the seemingly never ending bathroom project... We have taken long walks, gone running and taken our toddler to the park and allowed her to snack on popcorn and ices that we buy from Gus and Yia Yia’s cart. She has enjoyed the playground and the sunshine. She has also enjoyed the animals.
The funny thing is, I am not an animal lover. I don’t even like them. My daughter on the other hand is like her father. I swear, they may be related to Dr. Doolittle!
If she sees an animal she tries to befriend it. She enjoys feeding the ducks at the pond in the park. She falls in love with the dogs she sees being walked. And tonight, she chased the bunny rabbits that she saw hopping through the park. It was a sight to behold. I was beyond grateful that she didn’t actually catch one. When she got down on all fours and declared that she was hopping like the bunny, I was worried about the dirt, but amused. Seeing how much fun she had enjoying nature was a real treat.
Times like this remind me that the joy of parenting is in the simple moments.