A Practical Mother’s Day Gift To Come, Hopefully

A Practical Mother’s Day Gift To Come, Hopefully

May 8, 2011
Where I live everything necessary for me is in the walking distance, the McKenzie Marsh, the Arboretum and local supermarkets. We don’t have second car at this moment, so I often walk to the near by store to pick up few things. Last year I was pushing Matthew in the stroller, but this spring he is able to walk long distances, including the store. I am not really in favor to push the stroller or to pull the wagon, because once I get closer to the supermarket, the access is not very safe.

Definitely the whole parking lot layout and store location is geared toward drivers. I checked around the whole building, and all they have is stairs on the other side. Good for nothing, really.

Happy Mother's Day

I thought and thought about it – what can I do? I put down task for myself to write to the store manager to see if he or she can do something. Accessing store’s parking lot with the stroller is not safe. In order to access it, you have to go on the road and push the stroller against the traffic. There is an alternative to go all the way around the store, and then the parking lot and then stroll back through the parking lot – probably good additional 15-20 minutes of walk. No way, especially if I have to carry bag full of groceries, and three year old in the stroller.

Couple days ago, I was hanging out at the soccer field with my Matthew. I met up with lady with three children. A one year old in her arms, and two other children walking beside her, probably 3 and 5 year old. Inside the double stroller she had flowers. I asked her if she came from the Superstore. Yes she did. I asked her if she needed help with the stroller going up the hill. She refused and thank me for generosity.

Oh my, I had difficulty with one child and the stroller accessing the store, but three children and double stroller – I have no idea how she did it.

I got inspired. Next week I am going to invest some time and write proposal to the store. I got few ideas how it can be done. I find that the best way to make someone do something is not to complain, but give them a solution. So this is what I am going to do.

This is going to be my little project in honor of walking mother’s in Aurora. I will keep you updated of my progress and fill you in with details as I get going.

Happy Mother’s Day.

About the Author

Anna Lozyk Romeo

I am living in Aurora and this is my photo journal blog. A picture says 1000 words - but not always, so I write. You don't have to travel 1000 miles to find a treasure - all I have to do is zoom through my lens and I will find it for you here in Aurora.


  1. I used to work for the town’s Corporate Services. A few years ago, I was assigned to photograph a list of commercial properties with impediments to access. The Accessibility Advisory Committee was compiling a report of such problems throughout the town’s central core area and needed illustrations. The committee is “committed to facilitate and improve accessibility on behalf of all challenged persons in Aurora by promoting public awareness and sensitivity; encouraging co-operation among all services and interest groups, public and private to ensure a better community for all persons..”. Surely pedestrians with baby-strollers are amonst the “challenged”.


    Presently the town website’s section for the Accessibility Advisory Committee has outdated contact info (2010), but I expect that by calling the “Info Aurora Desk” at the town hall, one could acquire contact info of the current committee’s chairperson/members.

    I hope that they will be able to take on the challenge of accessibility for “pedestrians with baby-strollers “.

  2. Barry thank you for the valuable information.
    This will definitely help me to decided where to direct my concern and the solution.

    Anna :)

  3. Good luck with your project Anna. The whole world keeps telling us to get more exercise, walk more and further, but when you try to make a concerted effort to get that exercise with a walk to the store and are met with big challenges, the will is often lost. Go Mamma! Be the voice of the walking people!

  4. That is so true Katherine. Yes, the Mamma is going roll up her sleeves and do something good for once, lol. Thanks for the encouragement. Anna :)