Regular readers may recall that I use my local library a lot, and the benefit I appreciate the most is being able to request a book or movie from any of the locations within my regional library system. When you live in a small, rural town with a tiny little library, the ability to request an inter-library loan makes a huge difference in the amount and type of material available to you. Of course, the larger the library system, the more people who can request books so, sometimes, I end up waiting weeks or even months for something especially popular. But patience is a virtue and my patience was once again rewarded when I was finally notified that the most recent edition of “100 Parks, 5,000 Ideas” had been delivered to my local library for me.
The book is a beautiful one, thick with ideas and enticing photographs, but what struck me and stayed with me was author Joe Yogerst’s very first sentence in the book’s introduction: “I cannot imagine my life without parks.” It actually stopped me in my tracks because I realized at that moment that the sentiment he voiced applied to my own life, as well. In giving it more thought, I realized that, for me, it all began with the Family Picnic.