I had been wondering about a particular patch of green on the map of Oakland, so earlier this weekend we drove down Seventh Street to explore. What we found was delightful. A large stretch of shoreline that the Port of Oakland has turned into a lovely urban park. This place is quite a pleasant discovery.
So, on Independence Day, Robb made us lunch, and we returned to the shoreline for a Fourth of July picnic. Robb showed his usual slightly demented attention to detail in the linens he packed with the picnic food.
The Canada Geese were hard at work, keeping the grass cropped. I love the contrast in size between the teenaged goslings and their parents. We watched two different species of terns, dive-bombing the fish in the San Francisco Bay. And I saw an American Goldfinch, which I think may be the first one I've seen in California.
But as far as independence goes....
For the first time since his accident, Robb sat on something other than furniture. Bliss! Here's what our view was, as we had our luncheon on the grass. Love that California blue sky!So, on our national holiday, we reflect on "independence" and "freedom."
In addition to all the traditional meanings of these words, we have reason to be thankful for the independence that Robb is able to enjoy.