My Saturday started early last weekend. My haircut appointment was at 8:00 am so it was perfect timing to pick up Dinna and Angelo for brunch. I’ve written about Dinna here when we had our first in person meeting in New York.
This time she brought Angelo along. He’s not only adorable as any nine years old can be but he’s so mature for his age. There is this one young man who knows what he wants and does not want. I’ve met so many tykes his age who’d answer “I don’t know” when you ask them something. Angelo can tell you what he wants and sticks with them. I find it refreshing.
I love that he’s comfortable speaking to people way beyond his age. And when he does, he’s very engaging and what a gentleman. He kept himself busy with a game and let his Mom and I did the talking. But not before he presented me with a surprise gift which his Mom made.
I don’t know how Dinna made the pendant but the Lady of Lourdes was a personal request because my Mom was a devotee of the Mother Virgin Mary and I was named after her.
Years ago the wife of my former boss in Manila presented me with a beautiful Infant Jesus of Prague pendant. It was so precious to me that I wore it everyday but somehow four years ago I lost the pendant while vacationing there. I’ve been missing it so much that I thought I’d order a replacement and I knew Dinna could make it for me.
That was very thoughtful of her to give it to me as a gift. I know I will be wearing it daily just like my old one. I already wore it to church today. I like how it rests on my neck, right below my clavicle or collarbone. Thank you Dinna and Angelo, I am so grateful.
They were in town for a wedding. Unfortunately their visit was way too short and on their first day, Chicago turned on its gray and chilly side. Oh I forgot to warn Dinna, it could have been worse – like it could have been very windy. But Saturday was a perfect day – warm and sunny.
We tried this new restaurant in the South side of the city – just a bit south of the Loop – Bongo Room. It is a good place for breakfast if you are going to the Museum Campus as it is close to Balboa Park. I didn’t realize that until I missed the exit from Lake Shore Drive and then we saw all those people by the lake and Dinna told me that there’s an Anime convention. There was already heavy traffic northbound so instead of turning back to show the Chicago skyline I decided to just drive them back to their hotel as I didn’t want us to be caught in that crowd and they’d miss the wedding they came to attend.
You know as they say, leave some for next time. And yes, definitely stay by Michigan Avenue where there’s a lot to see and enjoy!
Angelo had breakfast before they left the hotel. He doesn’t like pancakes, especially when they are red!
But his Mom made sure there’ll be something for him before they leave for the wedding – McDonald’s chicken nuggets.