A tangible sadness lurks at the edges of my thoughts when summer hits a certain point of waning more than waxing. Days trend more to the start of school rather than the endless array of off-day possibilities and popsicle parties, zip line rides, tree fort climbings, wet walks back from the swimming pool and wiffle ball tossing. I recognize the presence of this shadowy intruder and try to think to myself “thanks for the info…”
Rather than banishing the thought and pretending that it does not exist I try to allow the poignancy of the moment to emanate and then we carry on with our itinerary as we experience summer in Chicago and the North Shore. “Wave your freak flag,” I tell Jackson and Lucas.
The point of this Royal Tenenbaum admonition is to live life fully, with hilarity and without apology, to enjoy and to grin the entire time. Or as folks way back when said in an another language, carpe diem.
Yesterday was a good expression of this full-throated philosophy of summer in Chicago and the North Shore as the zip line buzzed early in Wilmette, leading to a foray in to Chicago to visit a new locally owned pet shop in Edgewater (Ruff Haus on Granville), a visit to the Edgewater farmers’ market, a perusing of dollar books on Sherman in Evanston (next to the Trader Joe’s), an unplanned stop to pick up mid-century dining chairs at a sidewalk sale on Dempster for our furnished rental in Chicago, a brief rest at home in Wilmette and finally a bbq back in Chicago to celebrate a friend’s professorship.
Needless to say the ride back to Wilmette when all was said and done had son one in full tilt snooze while son two followed as soon as Nicole carried him upstairs. Good appetites for food, fun and friendship punctuated by endless games of tag in and out of the house added up to a restful slumber that continues even now as I write this short note before I head out to my Lincoln Park open house.
Today likely will be more of the same with a beckoning backyard and Centennial Pool a two-minute bike ride away. So as summer in Chicago and the North Shore sails beyond its midpoint we will continue to hoist and wave our freak flags as we glean satisfaction and gladness with each passing day.
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