Dinner at Sunnyside

Dear Liza,

Friday is usually our night to go out to eat, but this Friday the weather was so beautiful we decided to eat OUT, like outside, instead!

I roasted some vegetables and chicken during the day, and made a nice salad. We packed up food, a nice red wine, and the badminton set, and walked the three blocks to Sunnyside School. I like a lot of things about Sunnyside. The two story brick building from 1925 is beautiful. It houses both an elementary school and an environmental middle school. And the playground becomes a public park when school is not is session.

We picked our “table”, a flat spot under a sycamore tree, and spread out the blanket. The tickets are free to this human theater. While we ate we watched dads play catch with kids, teenagers shoot hoops, girls giggle on the steps, and toddlers chase pigeons.

After food and wine, it was probably silly to try the first game of badminton of the season, but we did it anyway. We were just as awful as we were last September, when the set was new, but we improved as the wine wore off and we remembered how long the rackets made our arms. Our longest volley of the evening was 11 hits without a drop.

It wasn’t pretty, but it sure was fun!

When we had thwacked our last birdie, we packed up and walked home in the evening light. Fluffy clouds floated by and. trees rustled. We got into pajamas, watched the Giants win, and fell asleep on the couch.

I woke up this morning painfully remembering that I am not 20 anymore, but happy for the adventure. More badminton…..soon.


Grandma Judy

Author: Judy

I am a new transplant to Portland from Salinas, a small city in Central California. This is a blog about my new city.

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