Once again, it's that time of year... Children have swarmed to the playgrounds in the courtyards, armed with scooters, skates, sand toys and... CHALK.
I LOVE to see what's drawn on the ground every time I walk by a playground... Put aside the fact that the drawings are labeled in Russian; simply look at what people choose to draw. When have you ever seen a family of hedgehogs (father and son) on American asphalt?
Equally high on the "Wow, we must be in Russia" scale is the following drawing of a salmon fish. What's next? A sturgeon (i.e. caviar-maker), perhaps?! Oh, but YES! There WAS a sturgeon right next to it -- incredibly well-drawn -- but it had been smudged beyond warranting a photo.
Even though this next drawing is very faded, it's so cute nonetheless... Here's your friendly milk truck!
Last, but not least, note that in addition to a hopscotch court and teddy bear in the first photo, there's also a trusty Russian mushroom! Natch!