Waiting on the train this woman caught my eye. She was sitting on the bench close to me, and me trying to be totally discreet, (now I ask you, how in the heck can you be discreet when you are sitting on the next bench and you have your big girl camera, with a rather large lens attached) waited until the right moment to snap her photo. She did not look like the kind of person that was wanting to have her photo snapped, as many are, and to me she looked as tho alot of sunshine had gone out of her life, however she did still manage to put a flower in her hair, perhaps still seeking that ray of sunshine.
After the train ride into Chicago, a quick cab ride to Michigan Ave. and while walking toward "The Bean" which was our designated spot for out meet-up I thought the clouds & sun reflected in The Bean were perfect. That is the great thing about "The Bean" it is so reflective and makes the world around it seem almost magical.
Sure enough, almost as soon as I rounded to the west side a woman approached me and asked if I was Deanna. This was not the Carol, aka Buttercup that I recognized from her blog, but her friend C. Carol & C have been good friends since their first week of college a few years back....and no, we are not discussing how many years back. Then, here comes Buttercup, arms outstretched ready to hug. Oh what fun, another blogger buddy come to life. What an absolute delight.
We immediately decided to get something to eat, (that's what we women do, isn't it, eat and talk) so we spent a splendid time dining on Kobe hamburgers with blu cheese, and grilled balsamic onions on a pretzel bun...yes, all 3 of us indulged on this...oh yum. I washed mine down with a "summertime" sangria. And then we talked and talked and talked some more. Carol & her friend C, are both avid readers, both love to travel, have very active and full lives, way fun getting to know them both.
We decided to walk over to the Pritzker Pavillion for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's free concert, but first a quick stop in the ladies room where I came across a group of young ladies dressed in what I first thought, were dance costumes. I guess I am so tuned to costumes = dance because of my daughter's profession (dance studio owner/choreography extraordinaire) that I thought they were in town to perform. Wrong, they were just having fun. A year ago this very same weekend one of these couples was engaged and this group of friends dressed up, and rode a trolley as a fun way to celebrate the engagement. A year later, a new marriage, new couples, another ride on the trolley and same fun costumes and friends.
A quick trip to the concert, beautiful music and many, many people enjoying the outdoors, seeing the true beauty of our city as the sun sets.
Did I mention that the temps never got out of the 60's today, and this is the end of July???....better this than 95 and ghastly humid tho. But sitting without a jacket for any length of time brings on the chills so after listening to that beautiful music for awhile we decided it was hot beverage time. So more talk and then it was time for me to grab a cab to catch the 10:40 PM to get home by midnight. What an absolutely beautiful evening I spent with two beautiful ladies. They put the sunshine back into my life after a tearful week cleaning out the office. Time was too short.
This is not the best picture, we waited too late, the sun was long gone, but it is the only one I have of Carol and me. Don't we look happy??
So any of you that blog, I encourage you, that if you EVER have the opportunity to meet a fellow blogger, do it. It's just "over-the-moon elating". And speaking of moon....this was what I found at midnight as I drove home. The moon was just rising, not very high in the sky, and looked amazing. So instead of "here comes the sun....it is here comes the moon."
Have a fantabulicious week!!!
Until next time.....