Friday, April 5, 2013

park memory (Hampton Park part II)




When I was 17, my cousin and I sat on a park bench in the sun in the little park outside the Sainte Trinite church (above) in Paris. Having spent most of our money just to get from England to Paris, we saved what little we had left to see a few sights, and so we sat and shared a poor picnic of cheese, tomatoes, and lemonade. There was a young mother there with four children and she had packed the most amazing picnic with homemade jams, olives and cake. She was beautiful and young and so sweet with her children and we sat and watched her sip hot tea from a thermos while her children played and fed the pigeons. I envied her not for her rich picnic, but for her easy, comfortable way with her four little ones who obviously adored her. For many reasons, it's one of my favorite parks ever. Many years later when my own boys were 7, I sat with them on that same park bench and finally felt what she must have felt. It is just a great feeling to sit in a park on a warm sunny day and really enjoy your children. In Charleston, we are spoiled for choice with great little parks and one of our favorites is Hampton Park for that "big city" feeling. 

At the moment, Spring is a burst of colors at Hampton Park...


By the look of this picture, you would think that our scooter ride through the park had taken a turn for the worse. The brilliant blue sky suddenly loomed over with threatening clouds and gusts of wind tossed oak leaves down on us like drops of rain...


disturbing the bees as they flitted about in the azaleas...


The rain never appeared and the clouds drifted off leaving us in peace...


This avenue could be any big city park, but it is unique to this low country family park. Great for strolling...


It reminds me of a similar avenue in that other great city...


 We love Hampton Park - our city park - in all seasons!

Hampton Park
30 Mary Murray Dr.
Charleston, SC Click here for map
Public restrooms, water fountains, and picnic tables
On-site free parking


Winston approves! Dogs on leads are welcome throughout the park.




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