Today is November 12th and I am working on Thanksgiving stories for my visits to many of the areas Senior Living Centers. There are not a lot of stories that are for this specific holiday so I have decided to contemplate the many things I am thankful for. In this process I have discovered that if one only stops to think for a moment....they can list so many that they could write a book. For starters....just the fact that I was born and raised in Chicago and have had the experiences of my lifetime to explore this marvelous city makes me very greatful. I have taken tours of many amazing places and am so greatful for them. Just thinking about my youth and all the places I have been downtown and then comparing them to the same visits as I have had the opportunity to do in my latter years. The ability that I have to be able to compare them and remember some that have gone by. My numerous trips to Marshall Fields for example....the lunches there in the Walnut Room..as a child, with my children and now with my grandchildren. The amazing Christmas windows that I enjoyed for decades. This is a sad moment to realize that they are gone, but not in my mind or my heart. They will live on because I live on. In my Hankerchief program I have a CHICAGO handerchief that was from Marshall Fields and still has the Marshall Fields price tag on it. I even have the handerkerchief with the Marshall Fields clock on it...only to remind me of "times" gone by. I am so greatful at this time of year to have been able to have had the experiences that I have had, and even more greatful to share them with my stories.
What kind of story can you share about Chicago? To help you out..think about all the changes in the skyline....Navy Pier Can you remember the Linco Man? How about the back alley Peddlers? Homemade bread and jam? How about Santa's Village...KiddieLand or Adventure Land? Remember the Ground Round? Shakee's Pizza and then their movie nights? Drive Inn movies? Share the memories with your loved ones and with me as well. I would love to hear your stories. They may add something extra special to mine that I have the opportunity to share with others. I hope to hear from you soon. Remember....Be Thankful.