I have fond memories of reading Shel Silverstein's book as a child. I loved reading the funny poems and seeing the goofy pencil drawings. But, being young and not such a deep thinker, I didn't really understand the title of the book. I remember a great sense of puzzlement as to why someone would build a place such as what the picture portrayed, and who in their right mind would go there. If you haven't read the title poem in a while, take a gander; its a good one.
Well, now that I have grown-up a bit more, I understand the poem better and realize that there really isn't a sidewalk like you see in the picture. Well, at least there wasn't, until I came home from the store this morning and pulled into my driveway. And there it was. The place where the sidewalk ends.
Okay, I admit it isn't quite as impressive a drop-off as in the drawing, but 15 ft. ain't too shabby.
Asher has thoroughly enjoyed watching the construction through our windows-- back of the house, front of the house, upstairs and main, they all give you some sort of glimpse of the action (even the kitchen window lets us see construction these days, but that is for our neighbor's new driveway, not the new street going in).
Yesterday one of the workers came over to inform us that they would have to shut off our water for several (read: 9) hours today while they dug through the existing pipes in the street. Ahsha was a bit worried that we would die of thirst, but I reminded her that we have bottled water to drink and that she would be just fine for one day with limited water. I must say, it is kind of nice to not have running water because then I don't have to feel bad for not scrubbing the showers or washing the dishes or cleaning the microwave like I am supposed to be doing at the moment. (Although, I actually did fill the sink up with soapy water this morning before the water cut off so that I could still do dishes later. Drat. Why do I have to be so much like my mother?) We are doing fine-- I just hope that they don't run into any problems that would keep them from getting it up and running today. The wind is pretty nasty at the moment and is blowing up quite a bit of dust too.
And, about that sidewalk, it only ends on the north side of the street. Since this street is really the only way for children in this neighborhood to walk/bike to the elementary school, the construction crews assured me that they would put the road and north sidewalk back together again before they ripped up the sidewalk on the south side of the street. Also, they have been very careful to watch out for children walking to and from school. I very much appreciate their thoughtfulness (though I think most parents are choosing to drive their kids the long way around for now). Hopefully by the end of the week they'll have moved on further down the road and it won't be an issue again for a while.