Anyways, here are two additional things (aside from all of the other things) that are making me emote today.
One. HappySad: a very sweet farewell combining Kirsten Wiig, Win and Règine Butler, Mick Jagger and Amy Poehler...
Two. SadSad: Indian Boundary's field house burned down yesterday.
|Photo from rogerspark.com|
I went to preschool in that building. And art class. And Chicago Children's Choir rehearsals. I remember being in one of its rooms diligently practicing number writing, not understanding why a nine had to face a certain direction.
A: Because otherwise it's a P, dummy!
I was still very young when the clunky rusted-metal equipment on the playground got replaced by a wooden maze the neighborhood pitched in to build. Is there anything better as a kid than tepees and secret passages and hideouts? There is not. The entire playlot was like the best treehouse in the biggest tree.
|Photo from A Chicago Sojourn|
|Photo from the Chicago Park District|
I grew up.
How strange that feels.
P.S. Additional disheartening Chicago news: a walk around our neighborhood yesterday revealed that some IDIOT tagger defaced two of my fave Lincoln Park landmarks: the Wrigley Mansion and the statue of William Shakespeare. IDIOT.
(I pledge to be more positive the next time I post. Probably because it will be summer by then.)