We talked about Slow Birth ideas, chapter topics, debriefed from recent births, and had a long ride around False Creek, through Gastown, around Stanley Park, then back to Granville Island for lunch at the best seafood shack ever, Go Fish! (for a counter-balancing calorie intake), then rode back up the hill to our loft.
What struck us were the number of people enjoying a slow day out in the sunshine (remember, it's February and freezing cold). The memories that stand out are:
- Dragon Boats in False Creek filled with men and women wearing multi-coloured puffy down coats, focused on the perfect unison stroke,
- a man on rollerblades near the 2010 Olympic Village, pushing his son in a stroller, with a tricycle balanced on top, followed by mum on a bike,
- an old man riding his unicycle down a hill, holding a coffee cup in his hands, for warmth,
- three homeless men, in three different parts of the city, on bikes loaded with recyclable bottles, all wearing bike helmets,
- a group paddling their outriggers near Science World, shouting and laughing,
- a man wearing a baseball glove, pitching his ball into a brick wall in the heart of the Downtown Eastside, watching to make sure he doesn't get in our way as we ride,
- a family on tandem bikes, with flowers in a pannier,
- 5 groups of oddly-dressed people, running fast, carrying compasses (must be orienteering for team-building),
- serious rowers gliding through the water at Coal Harbour,
- a teenage goth carrying flowers down a back lane,
- a woman quietly, happily, digging in the soil, creating a garden beside her solitary old house in the centre of town, amid the noise and cars,
- four colourful pseudo-pelotons spotted around the city, dominating the bike lanes at a "slow" 40km/h,
- the look on a new mum's face, just after her baby threw up all over her after a feed,
- a mum carrying her newborn in a hug-a-bub, walking up the ramp after buying fish from a boat,
- people working on their guerrilla community gardens, wiping dirt off their foreheads as they chat,
- families, pregnant couples, babies, walking, riding, talking English, Spanish, Farsi, French, German, Japanese, laughing.
The connections are what count as we travel through our lives, and I think we're all doing a pretty good job of it in our little corner of the world...
- Jacquie Munro, Vancouver Doula, Slow Birth, Slow Planet