Reub's journey

01 December 2011

Chicago Chicago

Although I grew up in a rural setting, I love going to big cities. When I do travel to a place like Chicago, I'm pretty sure I must look like the country bumpkin that I am because I'm constantly gawking at the sights:

Street art

Lit-up buildings

Interesting juxtapositions of old and new.

Reflective surfaces everywhere you look: city reflections are so trippy that I'm amazed most people can walk past them without staring.

Great food and drink.

We did get out and enjoy these things, but our latest trip was mostly about something else.

This time I spent most of my time gawking at the little person whose appearance has recently bumped me up a generation: I'm a grandma now.

Which makes John a grandpa. Wow. Seems like just yesterday that we were a couple of carefree hippies, tooling around in an old truck, deciding to go to Mexico. How strange.

But how sweet.

Observing the landscape of a newborn's tiny body from the vantage point of grand-parenthood is a whole new experience.

We hated to go, but just before leaving we had a nice walk along the lake shore.

And then off to O'Hare to catch our plane back to Oregon. But since this was a trip of gawking, I had to stop and admire the brachiosaurus skeleton. Airports are just so weird.

Then back home, chased by an early winter sunset.

The skies were clear last night, and filled with stars when we stepped into our back yard. And this morning there was a heavy frost. I had a lovely trip, and I'm glad to be home.


  1. wow! congrats to you! those photos are so sweet! :)

  2. Congrats!! The baby photo with grandpa is adorable. And that reflected city photo is pretty amazing! Love that you included it.

  3. Oh yes, newborns and grandparent hood. Been a long time since my g'kids were born. My mother was not interested in being a grandmother, it made her feel old, that bump to another generation. I embraced it. Wonderful pictures of the new one.

  4. Ohhhhh that face! Big congratulations to you and your family, Kerry. Best sight ever. Lovely photos all around but that face.. sigh!

  5. Congratulations. He's extra cute!

    p.s. I love Chicago.

  6. I'm a city girl and I gawk at anything when I go out to the countryside in another country, so I can totally comprehend what you did. The baby's so adorable!

  7. Congrats! The baby photo are awesome and so special! ^_^

  8. I love that you see what most of us miss.

  9. Thank you all. I reckon that baby's face will change a lot before we see him again. But Chicago? Maybe not so much.

  10. What a wonderful journey! The pictures are beautiful as always.

    Your grandbaby is perfect, sublime, beautiful and sweet as can possibly be! Mazel tov!

    As you know I can't help but stare at all the reflections in my big city. Oh yeah.

    Glad you gawked, glad you're back home.

  11. That's how it should be: glad to go and glad to get back.
    Besides, being a grandma now, you mustn't overdo things. Take it easy, granny!

  12. Such a handsome little guy! Oooooooo boy!

  13. Hey grandmaw! Nice documentation, as always. And thanks for the Oregon teasle. XO


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