You already know that I have a deep rooted resentment of the encroaching, homogenized suburban sprawl. And you know that I long to run around in the woods, get dirt under my fingernails and fall asleep to the sound of crickets under a big ol’ unfettered moon, but you might not know that I’m also crazy in love with the city.
Austin is quirky, cool, everchanging and well, weird!
We do our best to get our boys away from the cookie cutter world of Home Depot and Old Navy, and into the heart of our hometown, walking the streets and seeing the sights, when we can. Well, okay, we do try to avoid Leslie when we’re with the boys. I’m not ready for that discussion yet, and we haven’t taken them to Eeyore’s Birthday Party because I’m not nuts about the idea of my kids on a contact high (they eat enough as it is), but we do like to cultivate their sense of place. They are Austinites, born and raised.
Summer is one of the best times of year for getting a feel of what Austin is all about. Our town will host THOUSANDS of live mucisians over the summer (which is why you see these things all over town.) There will be movies made here, celebrity sightings, street festivals, art shows, and more winged black creatures than you can shake a stick at!
So, in effort to foster that unique Sense of Place in our little fellas, we declared it officially summer with this year’s first trip to The Austin Symphony’s Annual Concert in the Park Series.
It’s a laid back evening of good music (this week was swing!), set to the tune of Austin… kids running around, socialites mingling with socialists, rasta guy kickin’ it with Miss Junior League. I love it! Our family, including my husband’s folks, spread out our sheet, ate a picnic dinner and melted right into the rest of the funky vibe.
And I only had to assure them 50 times that YES, we would be going to Amy’s afterwards. Cuz, you know, towns have tastes too. Ours tastes a lot like ice cream – sweet, cool and just plain delicious!
(oh, and I think I just hit an all time personal record for number of links in one post!)