Like many areas in the US, it’s been unseasonably warm here in Chicago. We’ve had very little snow. And there have been days this winter that I could wear shorts.
I’ve never experienced this since moving here in 1999.
Yesterday, Tina and I took Talulah out for her afternoon romp. We bring her to the backyard where we throw the Chuckit and usually meet up with other neighborhood dog owners.
There were lots of us out yesterday. And it’s fun to wear the dogs out, socialize them and socialize us. After exercising Talulah, we walked to the grocery store to buy dinner ingredients.
We took Talulah, which requires two of us to wait outside.
While Talulah shopped, Tina and I hung outside talking.
I waited outside with Talulah yesterday. While we waited for Tina, several people stopped to pet Talulah. She’s must be the most complimented dog in the neighborhood.
When Tina came back out, we walked to drop off a letter to a mailbox. I stopped in a local convenient store to buy a six-pack. When I came out, Tina was talking to a woman who works in a hair salon. She spotted Tina and Talulah and she came out to talk to them. When I walked up, the woman was chatting Tina’s ear off. As we walked away, Tina told me she had a pit bull too, and loves how cuddly her dog is.
She told Tina, “People compare men to dogs. That ain’t true. Dogs are the most loyal, loving beings on earth. Nothing like men.”
Tina told me what she said as we walked away. I should have walked back and hugged that woman.
We dropped off our letter and we walked home.
As we got closer to home, we saw a transient man searching for change in a parking meter pay station. As I watched the man, I noticed a woman looking at him through a window of a Mexican fast food restaurant. The woman knocked on the window to get the man’s attention. He turned to look at her.
As she raised a brown paper bag and shook it, She mouthed the words, “Can I buy you a taco?”
The man begrudgingly shook his head no. But I bet if he weren’t so proud, he would have said yes.
I asked Tina if she saw that exchange, she said, “No.” I told her what happened.
She said, “Aww, that’s so sweet. I wish I saw it.”
It’s heartwarming to live in a diverse neighborhood.
Anyone who tells you we don’t need a government involved that helps less fortunate is full of shit. Anyone who tells you that a secular society is a society from the devil is equally full of shit.
We all need a diverse environment and neighborhood. I’m proud to live in a place populated with warm hearts, open hearts and needy hearts, too.
We really should make an effort to be more friendly … more giving … and more open to differences … every day of the week.