If you are a Mama of a toddler, then like me, you quickly came to the realization that parks and the ability to be outside are absolutely CRUCIAL for your sanity as a Mom. There's something about being able to run around and scream and breath in the fresh air that makes everything better. It really helps the kids too! :) I, unfortunately, took for granted the oasis that is the park for most of my life. You see, in California, you can basically go to the park or be outside any day of the week, any week of the year. In Massachusetts, they have this thing called winter, and well, it really puts a damper on the whole being outside thing when the temperature high for the day is 2 degrees and all of the toys at the park are covered in 6-10 foot mountains of snow.
From mid-December to early/mid April, the park was basically inaccessible. But as the snow piles have now melted away, the trees are blooming with flowers and leaves, and the temperature has risen well above freezing; those of us with children are flocking to the parks in droves.
Basically, I'm thoroughly convinced that parks are God's gift to Moms. Parks and wine. In fact, if we Moms could drink wine at the park without being reported to Child Protective Services.....just saying.