Homemade Mothering on NBC 5

The other week I wrote about the ban against my kids using chalk on the (public!) sidewalk outside our building.  We live in the middle of a huge city, and I appreciate the fact that we all have to make concessions for each other.  Some people might not like looking at chalk drawings as they walk home from work.  I personally hate walking behind a smoker, and it drives me nuts when our stroller wheels through a puddle of dog pee, but I don’t expect bans against smokers and dogs.  I do expect others to make room for my small family and the chalk drawings we occasionally leave behind.

I know there are many more pressing and urgent issues in the world today, but the chalk ban really irked me. In many ways, it is a direct attack on children and young families.  Some snooty older residents don’t want to be reminded of the fact that children are part of our diverse neighborhood.  But, living in an urban community means that all people should feel welcome and comfortable. Quite frankly, the dog waste and cigarette butts left on the sidewalk are more offensive than a few chalk drawings. But, that’s just my opinion.

NBC and The Chicago Tribune caught wind of my story and interviewed me.  Interestingly enough, the condo manager has refused all requests for comment.  Hmmm…

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  1. Hannah says:

    Hi, Maureen. We just spent a week in Chicago for my high school reunion. I was telling my friends about you and the whole sidewalk drawing hullaballoo. I’m glad the story is getting out. I wholeheartedly agree with you: dog waste and cigarettes ARE much more disgusting and offensive to our sensibilities than children’s chalk art.

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