Apr
05
2009

  Protecting The Pregnant

As I've gotten bigger and bigger, I've noticed that strangers are more and more helpful. No one tries to rush around me when I'm walking slowly up or down stairs, doors get held open, drivers don't seem impatient when they have to wait a long time for me to waddle across the street. And today a woman went out of her way to protect me from pesticides.

Terry and I set out on our walk around 2pm, intending to walk about 30 minutes or 1.5 miles. But before we got to our 1.5 mi turnaround point, one of the women who passed us jogging in the opposite direction drove up to us and pulled over. She warned that the apples in the orchard further down the road were being sprayed, and she thought she'd warn us so we'd turn around. She made a U-turn after she caught up with us, so she made a special trip up the road to warn us. That was very thoughtful. She also suggested that the road that runs in the opposite direction (I forget what it's called, it's opposite Jones Mill Rd off Brown's Gap Tpke) was also a very nice walk.

Although the orchard was farther along than we were planning to walk, we turned around where she caught up to us anyway-- we figured it was better to be prudent and stay very far away since who knows exactly how far the spray might carry in the air. So our walk was only 25 minutes instead of the 35 minutes it was yesterday. Still, better than no walk at all. Maybe we'll go farther tomorrow.

Maybe we'll even try walking down that other road. If we're driving to our starting point anyway, why not drive a little further to a different starting point completely? Mix it up a little. The reason we never walk the other direction is because there is a blind curve on a hill with no shoulder to speak of off the one-lane road, and it just seems too dangerous to risk walking that way (although many other people do). But if we drove to the beginning of the other road, we'd just drive past the dangerous part on Jones Mill. It's probably not that dangerous if we'd walk during school hours-- we've noticed it's mostly teenagers who drive too fast down the gravel road and are prone to braking and swerving when encountering oncoming traffic. So if we walk when they're in school, we're less likely to get run off the road by a car, blind curve or otherwise.