If you are a frequent visitor to my blog, then you've seen the photo at the very bottom of my blog of a stunning blue tree I saw in Chicago. I saw it and photographed it about 15 minutes before meeting my aunt Maureen at the bottom of the Hancock Tower. She greeted me with the softest white teddy bear and asked me: "are you too old for your aunt to bring you a bear?"
I wasn't. :) He's been a permanent resident of my studio since that trip.
I carried him to lunch at the top of the Sears Tower, and to the Bean, and through all the beautiful places she took me that day, explaining the history of this and that in a way that only someone who loved art and loved Chicago like this woman did could do.
She found me the rabbits in Millenium park and then turned around to point out the larger than life, big, important building that her husband worked in.
She was silly, beautiful, serious and fun. She wore insanely cute shoes that were inappropriate for the occasion, just like I do. She was irreverent when it was hilarious, and reverent when you least expected it.
She. Loved. Animals.
She's gone now.
But I think you will see a few things here you will love and understand. She was loved. She was beautiful. She wore great shoes. What more can a girl ask?