Every time I wonder why I’ve never lived anywhere but CHICAGO, I mean even the dinosaurs were confused, asking what the blond thing walking around was doing there– surviving the winters, and DARKNESS– I think…somewhere the sun is actually shining and it’s WARM.
So, today I was happy about the sun being out, and celebrating the hot 35 degree day, but I was also thinking about Holly telling me about the flowers BLOOMING where she lives. I looked outside at the dirty snow and mud. Hmmm…
Anyway, I was moving the dust around, pretending to clean (it’s hard to clean when one is always looking through books), and I picked up my favorite book on CHICAGO (see below).
I opened the book and immediately fell madly in love, just like I always do whenI see pictures of the city. Not only that, the quotes all stuck in my throat, one on top of another, because they were perfect and they were the reasons I was here and they were…me.
It is possible to become the place you live. When that happens, there is no difference between yourself and the city, or place. Maybe most of us do that. I think it’s true for those who love where they are.
Obama said, “Let me tell you something. I’m from Chicago. I don’t break.”
I read that and my heart fluttered, recognizing the truth of it.
Studs (Terkel) said, “Chicago is America’s dream, writ large and flamboyantly. It has-as they used to whisper of the town’s fast women-a reputation. ”
Mike Royko said, “One of the hallmarks of Chicago is that we do so many things in an original manner. What other city has made a river flow backwards? What other city makes traffic flow backwards?”
Nelson Algren (he loved the city), said, “Chicago is an October sort of city, even in spring.”
Seriously, who could ever argue with THAT?”
Frank Lloyd Wright said, “Eventually, I think that Chicago will be the most beautiful great city left in the modern world.”
Those are just a couple of quotes that made me see the mud in a new way. LOLOL Okay, I would live in Paris for awhile, that’s true. At least I think I would. Maybe I wouldn’t like it there, if I had all the time in the world, instead of two weeks at a time, but I really can’t imagine that.
Anyway, this, book is beautiful and for those of you who want to see what Chicago looks like, from different angles, in all weather, from different photographers…you really need to see this.