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Chicago's Buckingham Fountain and it's Splendor

Good morning...hope this finds everyone well.  What a peaceful morning it has started out to be.  As the birds twitter outside my window I am reminded of what a great gift life is.  It just takes a moment to stop and pay attention to what is around us.  Sometimes we get so involved in our daily chores and activities that we let the beauty of life pass us by unnoticed.   Take a few moments each day to stop and find the beauty in something new.  There are so many choices around us...you don't need to look very far. 
Tomorrow is the big Storytelling Day at the Grove Fest in Glenview.  Storytelling begins at 12 noon and continues until 5.  There is loads of this to do there.  From enjoying a day on the grounds, touring the historic homes, the music the crafts the food....and of course stories galore.  My storytelling Guild, The Windy City will be sharing tales for the day.  Hope to see you there.  1421 Milwaukee Ave in Glenview. 
Today, I began thinking about the city of Chicago and all the wondrous things it has to offer.  Some might say that it takes money to enjoy things, but I beg to differ.  I began to think about one place in particular that I used to visit with my children on a regular basis.  Buckingham Fountain down by the lakeshore.  It would usually be after dinner when we would load into the car and drive down there.  We would walk all around and finally land up at the Fountain.  We would look at the beauty of that magnificent fountain and await its royal splendor and darkness closed in on us.  The color show was something to behold, the range of the fountains spitting high up into the air used to give the children and me such a thrill.  It was an annual event for us to go down just to see it. 
Many years went by enjoying that fountain just as it was and then one day, I was asked to be maid of honor at a wedding.  It was just the bride and groom and my husband and I standing up.  It was a beautiful day.  The bride and I dressed at the Spertus Museum and had a white horse and buggy pick us up and drive us to Buckingham Fountain, where friends gathered and the couple took their vows on the steps of the Fountain.  What a spectacular day that was as the background of this magnificent city showed of it's splendor and the fountain poured its peaceful waters behind us.  
As more years have trickled by, I was researching a program to do for storytelling  when I did the research on the fountain.  Who would have ever guessed all that there was to learn about it.  Its statues of the sea horse symbolizes the states of Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana, that border the lake. The fountain was designed by beaux arts architect Edward H. Bennett. The statues were created by the French sculptor Marcel F. Loyau. The design of the fountain was inspired by the Bassin de Latome and modeled after Latona Fountain at Versailles.
We stand in front of this iconic feature and never stop to think of the people behind the scenes and where it all began. 
I became even more appreciative of this landmark and have researched even more, but the real message is that we stopped and took time to enjoy it's beauty. Take time to drive down and see the Fountain.  Even in the winter it's display is definitely worth the view.  And it doesn't cost anything to see.  Enjoy an evening with someone you love there.  Enjoy the music and the light display and take a moment to thank those who came before us to grant us such a gift.    I plan to revisit it again soon, but with a much greater appreciation.  It is those moments in time that make me glad I am alive and able to enjoy what is given so freely. 

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