There is a large mall right across the street from my building. It starts with an outdoor court surrounded on all sides with shops and restaurants, and back behind that is a 3-story indoor shopping mall. I can walk to Harris Teeter in less than a block, and there is an Eckerds literally across the crosswalk from my building. On summer evenings, there are concerts in this courtyard, and the kids play in the grassy areas.
Mornings are lovely in this courtyard, too. There are plenty of people with their Starbucks and a newspaper sitting at the little tables. One morning, I got up, fed Seth, threw on some clothes, ran a brush through my hair, and walked across the street to Eckerds to pick up a prescription. As we crossed the street, another mommy with a little boy in a stroller crossed behind us, calling out a cheerful hello. We smiled at each other as we shopped, and after Seth and I were done there, we walked over to the courtyard for a minute. She was there with her son, and we struck up a conversation. She lived in another building in my complex. We talked for about half an hour, and she gave me her name and phone number and info on a playgroup of moms who all live in our complex. We talked about how much we enjoy being stay at home moms in Pentagon City because of mornings like this. I'm really going to miss the easy access to so many people and things where I live now. There is nothing like this in the suburbs. I will have a nice backyard and a great porch in my new house, and I'm thankful for those things, but at this point, I kind of prefer sharing my "yard" with many other people. I don't yearn for suburban privacy like I thought I would. I will miss Pentagon City more than I ever thought possible. It has been a wonderful place to live and love and have our baby boy, and I will say a tearful goodbye to it when we roll out of here on Sunday afternoon.