Bill teaches at Northwestern University. We've known him since our sons were in 3rd grade together and they lived just two doors down from ours. We often tell Bill that it's because of his West African Peace Corps stories that our son, Jon ended up in the Peace Corps going to Mali. The ironic thing is his son, Robin ended up teaching English in Japan for a couple of years.
Bill invited us for lunch and a walk around the lake that cradles Northwestern University. You can see the Chicago skyline in the background.
It was interesting to see what looked like swifts making their homes along a university building.
The day could not have been more perfect. The skies were as blue as Hawaii's skies and the lake breezes were every bit if not more refreshing than our trade winds. Maybe it was more special because we don't have these perfect days all that often in Chicago.
Bill found the spot where we used to take the kids for fireworks every 4th of July. Was that really 20 years ago? No... couldn't be.
Robin is now a lawyer and joined us for lunch at the Olympic Family restaurant. At one point, a woman sitting at the next table smiled at us and said, "It's a perfect day, isn't it?"
Tif and family are at a work related picnic someplace in Michigan. It's a three hour drive to get there and another three to come home. We were kindly invited but I have to tell you that we're glad we spent the day with Bill and Robin instead.