Snow Day

Published Date: February 12th, 2010
Category: Weekly Thought

As I lay in the snow in the backyard with my son today, looking up at the blue sky and white clouds, all I could think was: Could it be that I had the best of both worlds? That we can be downtown via public transportation in about 25 minutes, and yet I have a backyard to make snow angels with my little boy?

And I think the resounding answer, at least today, is yes.

Lately we have been feeling some anti-Chicago feelings, with an increase in EVERY tax and the fact that local gang violence is running hand-in-hand with the downturn of the economy. And sometimes I find myself wondering what it would be like to live in Wilmette or Winnetka or Montana or Three Oaks, Michigan.

I’m sure it’s fine. Sometimes possibly great.

But today I was glad to live in Chicago. Today I was glad to live in the city, yet still have a backyard for my son to make a snowman. I was happy that we could take the sled two blocks to the local market to get some fresh parsley, and yet stop to have no less than three conversations with our neighbors and post-lady on the way home, thus showing me we can have city advantages AND a community.

So the next time I am angry that I have to pay a stupid machine fifty cents to park my car for half an hour in MY neighborhood or get angry when my stupid sewer backs up YET AGAIN, I will remember a perfect snowy day with my boy, drinking cocoa on the front porch while watching the ice melt.

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