We ventured south this weekend and took our first trip to the ever-popular Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead in Overland Park. I was beginning to feel like Henry was the only child so deprived to have not visited this Kansas City treasure. So off we went, envisioning arriving by a quiet dirt road, surrounded by waving wheat. I was so wrong.
Instead, we passed through a massive adjacent soccer complex, and when we arrived at the farmstead, there were concrete parking lots as far as the eye could see. And it made me think: Have you ever noticed how essential these large parking lots are to our world today? I mean, I drove to a farm with overflowing parking lots!
Don’t get me wrong. I love expanses of green space as much as the next person. But you have to admit, parking lots are pretty handy. In fact, they’re downright essential in our car-centric culture. Think about it. They double as:
- A rest area for emergency diaper changes;
- A make-out spot for the couple lacking romantic creativity;
- A course for teenagers to learn to drive without causing bodily harm to others;
- A tailgating venue;
- A place to duck when you want to go left, but don’t want to risk that illegal turn;
- A legal place to make phone calls in phone-free cities (looking at you, Mission!);
- The perfect location for farmer’s markets, school carnivals, recycling bins and a car wash to benefit your school.
LWTK’s mommy blogger, Sarah, is attempting to be a good mama to little Henry, wife to Shea, full-time employee and part-time grad student all while avoiding making dinner from a box every night. In her non-existent free time, she’s running, eating popcorn and blogging about it all at The Gatsby Diaries.