It's a snowy Saturday in beautiful Boston. We had a big blizzard last night, it was rather epic. So we hunkered down, cooked some good food, drank some nice wine and watched a couple of good movies. One was set in another city that is near and dear to my heart, Chicago. In the opening scene the old Prudential building was in the foreground, with the beautiful skyscrapers of the Windy City surrounding it. It looks pretty small these days. In fact it has looked pretty small for the past 40+ years. But everytime I see that building my mind goes back to an early fall day in 1962 when the Prudential was the tallest building in Chicago. The tallest!
As I was about to enter kindergarten, at Edison Elementary School in Hammond, Indiana (((a beautiful building in it's own right))), my sweet dad took me on a wonderful adventure to Chicago for a special day. Just the two of us.
We first went to the top of the Prudential, to the observation deck on the 41st floor. I think we could see Hammond. Then we did some shopping for school clothes, at Marshall Field's. THE Marshall Field's. I'm pretty sure I ended up with a glen plaid jumper and some shiny Mary Jane's.
After that, we went for lunch at the Indian Room at the Blackhawk Restaurant. Really nice. We ended our day at the theatre, where we saw the Music Man. Knowing now that my dad is no fan of musicals, makes it even more special!
The Prudential still stands tall as reminder of that day over 50 years ago. But still not as tall as my dad. I'm a lucky girl.