I am going to share a local secret with you...
There's a little hill a few blocks southwest of downtown Leesburg, located on what's left of a farm - a GREAT SLEDDING HILL!Â
And there is a lovely little sign that reads:
"The Meadow Hill
The children of Leesburg may use this hill, if...
2-Small children must be attended.
3-Don't bother the livestock.
4-A wood fire only.Â Do not burn tires."
The rules seemed reasonable to me... soÂ my kids, my neighbors and I greatly enjoy free use of this hill.Â The hill is surrounded byÂ townhomes, andÂ a few small single family homes with very little yard of their own.Â None of those homes have any space of their own to sled, so the hillÂ offers a special kind of wintertime fun to the neighborhood children.
AlthoughÂ my home isÂ on the opposite side of the farm, and we "could" sled in our our yard, this is way more fun.Â There are more friends to play with, and the snow is well packed by the time we get there, which makes sledding awesome!Â
The younger children enjoy the sledding.Â The older kids tell mom and dad they are watching their baby brothers and sisters....but they are really there to flirt.Â Younger siblings don't much like this, and I haveÂ witnessed more than a few snowball fights as a result.Â Oh, to be a kid again!
My familyÂ missed the bonfire "they" had the other night (I don't even know who "they" are, since it seems permission to burn a fire is granted widely).Â Although I am not sure if burning an open fire inside the Town of Leesburg is legal, I'd have risked it; and I bet we would have had a great deal of fun.Â Hopefully, we'll catch the next one.
I'd like to thank the Cook Family for "lending" us the use ofÂ
It's become a wonderful addition to our community ammenities!