I went and saw and enjoyed... It was a Cinderella experience (in every way but the prince...but then "it takes a mighty good man to be better than no man at all" and my prince was home coughing and being cared for by the other trained cinderella replacement...)
Took the Van Gelder to Chicago and met Renee at Union station. She had a 'satelite direction finding Mabel' and her voice got us to the hotel. We unloaded and checked in. It was a lovely afternoon with soup and later italian fare before going to "Wicked". I loved the show! We had much catching up to do. I knew some of her story and she knew a little of mine but we needed to add all the important factors. So we unloaded our stories and tried to get caught up to the present through each of our tragedies and sagas of heartache and pain. It is good to have a friend and an old friend listens well. We fell into bed and slept like babies in the nice beds there braced by a plethora of pillows!
Day 2 brought us to breakfast on Michigan Ave. followed by long hours of viewing in the Art museum. It was so fun to trek through and then see the special gallery shows of Winslow Homer and Edward Hopper. We went from there to an Irish Pub "Brannigans?" to eat a salad and later walked on back to the hotel. I have not walked that much since I was thinner. Wow my legs are stiff today...later we dressed for the theater and went to dinner (soup and dessert) at one of the fine dining experiences available in the Chicago Hilton. Then "Jersey Boys" was the treat of the night. This play was a musical story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Wow!! Very different from "Wicked" which is the story of Oz before Dorothy. I loved them both.
Today brought us to leaving. We had an elegant breakfast and long time just sharing and being then back up to the room until time to check out. She and "Mabel" delivered me to Union Station and then she and her little black rental car raced off to Crowne Point to be with Ronnie, Amy, Jack and new baby Sawyer who was born last Saturday. It truly was a delight for her to treat me with so many luxuries and beyond. I would love to visit her in S. Cal someday again. She has a house up in the hills with two boston bull terriers and a pool.
Now I am back in Madtown with Tisha and ready to figure out my next move with God's help. I need a miracle bad but this break helped me just breathe and laugh and be for a couple days without the intense stress I am normally under. Yippee for vacations of all types.