Today I find myself in my first real attempt at returning to normalcy after the passing of my grandmother. After much protest about how I don’t like the Taste of Chicago I found myself going anyways. This is starting to be an annual debate that I have. I think this happens because even though it is annoying for us locals, we typically are entertaining people from out of town and it really is a good event for those that want to experience as much “Chicago” as they can in an hour. It was pretty insane out, but I feel like there were less people there due to the canceling of fireworks. The weather ended up being very nice; it wasn’t too hot, and there was just enough of a breeze moving the air around to keep it from getting humid.
On my way back I was happy to find a new relaxing place that I didn’t realize existed. In the middle of the Millennium Park flower garden there is a little man made stream where you can sit and put your feet inside of it. Moving forward this place will be a must hit destination for me on hot days.
Bouncing back is proving to be tougher than I would have thought it would be. How do you go back to your life when a large part of it is missing? This weekend being a big holiday, I find, is helping me. There is no reason to just sit in neutral. I never have been one to hermit myself. Getting out and living is the best way to move forward. Experiencing life and being a collector of experiences and stories is the best way to honor the those that do not have that opportunity anymore.
About the author: When Dan Mayer has time you can catch him on the lakefront path either on his bike or with a camera in his hand. He tweets at @dan_mayer and attempts to remember to blog at http://gochopgo.wordpress.com.