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Parks and Exploration

Original post made by Jennifer Fogliani, Whisman Station, on Jul 17, 2011

"Mom, what are we doing tomorrow?" Josie asks as I tuck her into bed.

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Posted by Mike Laursen
a resident of Monta Loma
on Jul 17, 2011 at 9:39 pm

My son would do the same thing. Rengstorff Park was "Choo-Choo Train Park", Monta Loma Park actually has three different names (for different sections of the park), Mitchell Park in Palo Alto is "Spiderman Park".

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Posted by Ed
a resident of Shoreline West
on Jul 18, 2011 at 5:41 pm

Good article, but honestly I just can't relate. The only "kids in tow" I see in Mountain View are the anchor-baby types crossing California avenue and pulled by mostly young Hispanic mothers. They don't have blue eyes, their moms didn't go to Stanford and frat parties, their dads aren't working in high tech, you don't see them at the farmers' market. It's our town's dirty little secret. But the paper sure does romanticize their existence in so many pro-illegal alien articles!

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Posted by Observer
a resident of Waverly Park
on Jul 20, 2011 at 3:15 pm

Geez, Ed, get over it! Mountain View is full of non- "anchor-baby" kids. This is a nice little blog post about the great parks we have in Mountain View. Why for the love of god do you and so many others on these forums have to turn everything into a rant about "illegals?"

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Posted by DCS
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jul 21, 2011 at 4:21 pm

I don't know where to start Ed!

I am a mostly stay at home mom, I work 40 hours a month as a consultant, so I'm able to frequent the Mountain View Parks. I have met Australians, Britains, Brazilians, Ukrainians, Hispanics, and even some local white women like me. There is a mix of people going to the parks in Mountain View.

I sincerely doubt you are actually spending time in these parks, you really don't know what you are talking about.

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Posted by DCS
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jul 21, 2011 at 4:23 pm

Just to be clear, I've also met lots of people from many different countried in Asia, and even a few black people. I hope I didn't leave anyone out, but I'm sure I did.

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Posted by Jesse
a resident of Castro City
on Jul 21, 2011 at 5:03 pm

Uh, you just left out all the illegal Latina nannies taking care of citizens children for rock bottom wages. Hypocrites!

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Posted by DCS
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jul 22, 2011 at 9:12 am

@Jesse-Forgot about the older Latina/Hispanic nanny! Not impressed with the ones I have met, they were overly-tired and not patient, and came across as not caring. One of them told me that my son would be easy to take care of, that's a laugh! I had to quit my full-time job because he was anything but easy.

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Posted by Jane
a resident of North Whisman
on Jul 25, 2011 at 7:45 am

When I was growing up, my mother did not need to provide "entertainment" for us every day.
It is wonderful that Mountain View provides good parks for the children in our communities.
As an early childhood teacher, I am constantly dealing with young children who are over stimulated by parents who feel that they need to keep their children "busy" all the time. A visit to a good park can be a nice experience and a chance to be outside and use their large motor skills. But I do take issue with parents who have set up a situation where a child asks, "what are we going to do today"? How about some quiet time at home. In this fast paced valley it is important to help children to learn to "breathe" and relax as well.

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Posted by Jennifer Fogliani
a resident of Whisman Station
on Jul 25, 2011 at 9:49 am

Jennifer Fogliani is a registered user.

@ Jane. Thanks for your comment. My mom was very similar to yours in how she brought us up. My daughter was born busy with a love and enthusiasm for activity that I try to appreciate (even though it drives me crazy sometimes). But I am also try to help her breathe, relax and focus on the moment instead of "what's next." I agree with what you said about how important it is to remind my children (and myself) to enjoy some downtime.