Enchanted April

Meteorologists use scientific phrases like rising dew points and a waning gibbous  to describe the spectacular weekend we finally enjoyed here in the Midwest.

But I prefer a more whimsical approach. After 25 straight cold, grey days, I like to think we finally earned ourselves an Enchanted April, which is not coincidentally the name of the play we saw to cap off a perfect girls’ weekend.

We rose with the sun Saturday morning, the sun! Rubbing our eyes in glorious wonder, we turned our pale faces directly into its Vitamin D infused light and we walked. Katherine and I strolled the streets of Chicago for hours, scored by the springtime sounds of aluminum bats, barking dogs and laughing children.

We sipped margaritas and munched tacos at an outdoor stand, where we might have spent the rest of the day had it not been for the true draw of our enchanted April weekend, Katherine’s six lively aunts and her livelier Grandma Mary Jane.

So, we headed downtown where, with love and laughter, we toasted and tasted during a three generational Girls’ Night Out that lasted well into the wee hours of Sunday morning.

With two grandmas, 11 aunts and seven female cousins, Katherine and Molly belong to a healthy sorority of busy women with whom we gratefully pause from time to time to celebrate life and each other.

Here's a shot of the Enchanted April cast. This genuinely delightful  show runs through May XX at the Citadel Theatre in Lake Forest, Illinois.
Here’s a shot of the Enchanted April cast. This genuinely delightful show runs through May 26 at the Citadel Theatre in Lake Forest, Illinois.
The enchanted Katherine
Here’s the enchanted Katherine in action, regally ignoring the sound of her mother’s clicking camera. I’d feel bad, but I really like this shot.
The enchanted stroller park
Is there anything better than a full playground on a Saturday afternoon?
The enchanted tacos
My lunch was as beautiful as it was delicious. I can’t wait to recreate these.
The enchanted Margaritas
We would have whiled away the entire afternoon with these beauties, but an even more appealing group of people were waiting for us.
The enchanted Wicker Park man
I bonded with Mr. Wicker because I appreciate a man who sweeps.
The enchanted aunts
Katherine, Grandma Mary Jane and a selection of the finest aunts you’ll ever see.
The enchanted melissa
This isn’t the clearest picture, but I got a kick out of the way my sister in-law Melissa handled the imposing maitre ‘d. She negotiated a lovely table for our party of nine.
The enchanted daffodils
Daffodils and magnolias herald the last weekend of an Enchanted April.

3 thoughts on “Enchanted April

  1. Hey there! Thanks for stopping by my lil ole blog! It looks like you have a lovely thing going here! I love that you’re writing this with you daughter! I am a high school English teacher, so anything that gets the kids writing is AWESOME!

    Isn’t is amazing what the first beautiful day of spring can do for your soul? I love in Columbus, Ohio and we had just w weird, WEIRD winter! We CBus-ers are used to menopausal weather, but this was just RIDICULOUS! 80 degrees one Sunday and a snow day the next. But I think spring has finally come to stay and I know that it is definitely perking my attitude up!

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