|Apr. 5th, 2009 07:39 am It's all relative|
When I woke up yesterday, the sun was shining and the day was absolutely glorious. Joe was working and I had errands to run. I started the day out in a sweater and jeans with a light jacket, but before I got through my first errand, the jacket was left in the car. It was 47 degrees outside but, with the sunshine, I was warm. I stopped in one store and noticed that everyone there seemed to be bundled up like it was freezing. In all honesty, the wind was a bit chilly, but it wasn't blowing that much.2 comments - Leave a comment
After I finished my errands, I met up with Joe and we went to church and then to Merrillville to have dinner. It was such a beautiful day, we wanted to be out in it. The drive to Merrillville was pleasant. We passed along field after open field -- all of which would soon be sprouting gloriously green crops of corn or soy.
After dinner, we headed to the mall to pick up a few things. After a bit, I was out of steam, but Joe was still going. I sat to wait for him in Macy's close to the formal wear. I watched mothers and daughters and groups of girls and girls with their boyfriends going through the gowns. After all, it is springtime and prom is coming up. I noticed there was one recurring theme for them all, it was the way they were dressed. Almost every teenaged girl was in shorts with flips on her feet. Now, don't get me wrong, I thought it was a warm day. But to me, that just meant I could go without my jacket. Yet, here were these girls, dressed like it was a hot summer day. Wishful thinking? Maybe...
Eventually, we started our drive home. By the time we came over the last hill toward home, the sun was setting and what a spectacular sunset it was. Instead of coming straight to the house, we went to the beach to watch the sun set. It was breathtaking.
From the beaches here, on a clear day, we have a full view of Chicago's skyline. And today was clear and crisp. To our left, the sunset was amazingly orange with hues of pinks and yellows against a blue, blue sky with white capped waves cresting along the beach. The warm colors bathed Chicago's tall buildings with a lovely glow. To our right was unending water. The beauty left us quiet.
We stayed in the car silently watching the sun sink below the horizon. Why did we watch from in the car, you might be wondering. Why didn't we go walk along the shore or out on the promenade? Why, indeed. Because it was cold out. As the sun leaves the sky, it takes its warmth with it. And the change is immediate. The breeze coming off of Lake Michigan is cold. Even in the middle of summer, the warmest of days, this water is cool. But it is beautiful and it draws us to it like a magnet.
This beautiful day has come to a quiet end. Tomorrow, is a new day. Tomorrow, we might have snow and I am sure the girls in the mall will still be wearing their flips.