As we move through Spring in ways uncharted, social media reminded me of Aprils ago. Ten years ago, post the 2008 market crash, everything was a mess and we persevered.
And that’s how it all started. I was standing in the kitchen making pancakes for Lilly. I had XRT’s Opening Day Broadcast on the radio. Brehmer said, “coming up after the break the band Everest will be performing”. Everest had just been on the WGN Morning Show and a couple people texted me that the lead singer was wearing my hat on air. And I’m flipping pancakes and talking to an infant and listening to Everest perform live from Yakzies. My husband had the day off and was still sleeping. And after the set Lin comes in and says something like, “I’ve been coming to Opening Day for xx years and I have been hosting the WXRT Opening day broadcast for xx years so why does a guy from Los Angeles have the coolest piece of Cubs gear here?”
And I swung around with my pajamas and spatula to my infant in her high chair and let out the first of what would be many expletives that have escaped my mouth in front of her.
“Lilly he’s talking about my f#$&ing hat”, I screamed. “Lin Brehmer is talking about my (again cursing) hat”
Like a raving lunatic I rush into the bedroom still screaming, still holding a spatula, relaying this most glorious moment to my sleepy husband and he turned over and asked, “Do you have a hat made for Lin?”
“No”, I replied.
“Well, you better go downstairs and make one.”
And I did. I went down to my sewing machine and made a hat just for Lin. And my husband got out of bed and I put the spatula down and stopped swearing. And we packed carsick Lilly in the car to take her from Morton Grove to Wrigleyville which is the perfect distance for carsick. Glenn pulled in front of Yakzies, I wriggled my way inside and I dropped off a hat for Lin to one of the XRT staff. Lin was on a break so I never got a chance to thank him in person. So thanks
Recollecting this today brings back fond thoughts of fresh air, Cubbies, Yakzies, Opening Day, baseball in the wide open, music, live performances, studio performances, Chicago institutions like WGN, their hilarious morning cast, XRT, that auditory beacon (both of which raised me), getting into your car on a whim, busting into a bar already packed to the brim, shoulder to shoulder with whoever. Grateful for many moments and hopeful for so many more.
Thanks for listening. Be safe.