Tuesday, May 31, 2011


Ben has taken a shine to fountains recently. There are three fountains along Queen Street in Lancaster that we pass regularly on our walks through town. When we leave the house headed for market, he now specifically requests that we stop and see each of them. In the order that we usually pass them, the first fountain is the one at Penn Square, outside Citizens Bank. You can tell when Ben is talking about this fountain because the ground beneath the fountain isn't level, so around one side there are a few steps, and he will ask to "go up stairs, see fount."

Fountain number two is in the 000 block, out front of Isaac's. This, according to Ben, is the "fount with bubs." The smaller fountain isn't as violently agitated as the first one, so small bubbles tend to meander across its surface. And then there's the third fountain. If you follow me on Twitter or Flickr, you've seen this fountain before. It is the dancing fountain in Binns Park. Before Ben was born I would often find myself transfixed by the fountain, sitting for long stretches of time, just watching it. Even last year, Ben was mostly content to stand and watch the water play; it is mesmerizing.

Now that he's a little older, though, he wants to play too. The Binns Park fountain is a popular spot for little kids on hot days. We did let Ben play in the fountain one day last summer (pictures here), but this year it looks like it's going to become a regular occurrence. A week ago Saturday, he and I walked by on our way home from market, and he asked to get down out of the back pack. I let him, and I got this video out of it.

Ben and the Fountain

This past Saturday, despite the fact that it was mobbed, we stopped again and I got these photos (and more).

No comments:

Post a Comment