There are so many things that I find different now that I am back. Even though I spent the majority of my life here and grew up in the city, I feel like a tourist. Everything is so different. I believe in one of my earliest blogs that I mentioned that I think that the one thing that we can count on in the world is change. What I am experiencing here is a fine example of that theory.
I left the Chicago area seven years ago. Since then so many things have occurred. Where once there were empty fields, now there are full shopping malls. My son now owns a beautiful home and he and his wife are planning their family. And my daughter, who had lived with me until only recently has grown up even more and is turning into a beautiful young woman. It is all good.
But I am no longer comfortable in this type of atmosphere. The constant activity, although exciting and stimulating, can be overwhelming to me. It is still good though, because I know that it is only temporary. Soon I will be back in my own comfort zone and able to walk on the beach or through the woods and hear nothing but the sound of the crashing waves and seagulls screaming or the rustle of the leaves underfoot and the rush of the river.
There will be plenty of time for that though. For the moment I am enjoying the short time I will have with my children.
We had a dinner at Phil’s last night and I was the cook. I made them one of their favorites (Chicken Alfredo with broccoli and mushrooms) and it wasn’t until later on when laying in bed I realized that it was the first time that we all sat around the same table in years. I am kicking myself this morning for not getting a picture of the three of us. I would have liked that. But perhaps there will be one more chance before we leave to get together again. It will be difficult though because my daughter Danielle works two jobs and is on call every day. But we can try if her hours are good.
It was a lovely visit and we had fun. We took turns reminiscing about funny things and gently kidded each other about many things. I loved it so much and the moment seemed to pass by much too quickly.
Today we are headed to the Museum of Science and Industry and then to Navy Pier. I charged the camera this morning and promise to get something up soon. After this venture, I don’t think we will be running so hard for the remainder of the visit.
I find myself missing the kitties quite a bit. We were looking at pictures and talking about our various pets over time and it really made me homesick for a bit. Phil has custody of Salem, Danielle’s cat that we rescued in 1997 and he is showing his age. He used to be black and white, but is now white with black and white peppering and looking quite frail. Phil also has a dog named Wicket that “plays” with Salem and has incessant energy. I can’t see how Salem likes it, but he tolerates it and on occasion I am told that they cuddle up together and sleep. So it apparently works for them.
I must run off now and get going. Another whirlwind day. I will upload some pictures to my Picasa album soon so they will be online for you all to see. We just didn’t really stop until late again last night.
Keith’s cold seems to be getting better. We still haven’t figured out if it is allergies or not, but it is on the mend in any case.
Thanks for all the nice thoughts again. I like reading them at night when I settle down. It puts some normalcy into the day for me and helps me feel less homesick. :)
Have a wonderful and creative day!
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