On Wednesday we once again needlessly yanked our frequently truant son out of 2nd grade. We paid a visit the only freestanding fully pediatric dialysis clinic in the country, where Brian was once treated while waiting for his transplant. He brought gifts and candy for the kids, caught up with his doctor and even a few nurses who were still there after almost 2 decades. The kids got books about dialysis and squishy kidney-shaped stress balls and Bailey even managed to squeeze a couple completely undeserved stuffed toys from a sympathetic nurse who fell for her considerable charms.
After our clinic visit, we drove over to the Hancock Center Observatory to “see everything in the whole wide whold” (according to Bailey) from 1,000 feet up! The kids tired of it quickly (not as quickly as Brian), but it’s something you can only see in Chicago and it was completely empty due to the fact that most parents don’t really encourage truancy.
After several trips around the loop and when we’d finally adjusted to the gentle sway of the building, we viewed our lovely green-screened family photos and then decided it was time for lunch. The kids quickly decided that Ed Debevic’s is the only acceptable restaurant in the entire city of Chicago, so we checked the route on the trusty new iphone and after some debate we decided we could walk it. It turns out, routes look small on iphone… very, very small.
Looks OK, right? We set off sans stroller and it really would have been nice if I had worn a coat.
Oh we are most definitely suburbanites. Even less than suburbanites now, living in Wisconsin (against our will). Those long city walks seem so easy in the summer, even enjoyable. Brandon, Bailey and I walked miles last summer without a care, but apparently one must consider each degree below freezing equivalent to an additional city block and each block walked while carrying a freezing child who can’t.walk.another.step an additional mile. When you factor in these variables, we walked roughly 376 miles on Wednesday.
By the time we finally arrived after our lovely walk, I was pretty much over the whole city walk thing. Against my better judgment, we broke the law and took a cab back. Trust me, that many blocks are torture on foot when it’s freezing and the kids are cold and tired, but it was just a teeeeeeny tiny little cab ride (though it would have been shorter if the cab driver hadn’t taken the long way because he thought we didn’t know any better). Truthfully, I think the cab ride was the highlight of the kids’ day.
On the way home, we missed the Legoland Discovery Center admission time by 10 minutes (thank you Chicago traffic), so we shopped the Lego store, got some yummy Jamba Juice smoothies, and made it home just in time to have dinner and get ready for bed. There is nothing like a day away from Janesville to put a little bounce in your step.