Beware the sidewalk grates.

Beware the sidewalk grates., originally uploaded by Mind_TheGap.

Prior to our family’s move from Pennsylvania to Florida when I was five, we would occasionally drive to New York City to visit our relatives. I categorized these trips as long journeys (compared to the drive to our grandmother?s in Baltimore). Upon arrival, I noted none of the sights of the big city, but I did pay careful attention to the endless landscape of sidewalk grates and plates, which I carefully sidestepped.
When you’re just over three feet tall and closer to subterranean terror than tabletops, this is your perilous universe. Toddlers in Harvard Square, you have your work cut out for you.

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