making my day; an afternoon in Pilsen
This afternoon, I met up with a friend in Pilsen for the purposes of lunching and discussing the Fulbright application process. After a leisurely meal of vegetarian burritos, we picked up some Italian ice and headed back to her house to repose.
Walking out to her garden, we came across a family of cats who have taken up residence in the yard next door, where the kind neighbor lady looks after the mama cat and her four babies.
Chicago has cats that do not live in homes with humans, but nothing like the cats that run free all over Morocco. And with this group of cats in particular, you can tell that they are used to interacting with humans. The mama cat was interested in being petted, and tried to taste our Italian ice. Her kits were a little more standoffish, but we could tell they were curious.
Spending the afternoon hanging out on her sunny sidewalk, watching the cats and catching up on life was lovely. And on my way home, I caught a glimpse of someone’s laundry hanging out in the yard to dry. Seeing someone’s laundry out to dry in Chicago is rare for me, partly due to where I live and partly due to the fact that some places do not allow residents to hang their laundry outside, so seeing this brightened my day a little more.