Museum of Science and Industry


I miss walking on grass.

There, I said it. As random as it sounds, it's true. After 20 days, I'm not craving any certain foods and I don't even care that much about getting into some non-yellow-tee wardrobe. I, of course, miss the special peeps in my life but I know they're thinking of me (and I of them). But my feet/shins/hips are much less understanding. They are in serious need of some grass. 

The floors here at MSI are hard. Even the carpet is thin and unforgiving. And unlike my typical days working in advertising, I spend my time here on my feet. When you add in the occasional runs (a twenty-five minute loop indoors), I'm putting in some serious mileage. I'm happy to be on the move as it helps me see and do a lot in a given day, but the wear and tear is something I'm gradually starting to feel.

The whole "missing grass" realization didn't  occur to me until yesterday when I went for a walk around the building. And when I say "around the building" I mean around the building. In the outdoors with the sun, a breeze and nature! It wasn't until I stepped off the sidewalk that I felt the magic of the green lawn. Ahh... grass. Walking on grass is really nice. Some plush carpet might come close but the grass just felt perfect.

I'm guessing there will be all sorts of unexpected surprises that I discover through this experience, many of which I won't realize until well after the month has come to a close. As I learn more about the world around me (through museum content), I'm learning more about myself. I realize that an affinity for walking on grass isn't a huge revelation but it's something I had never given much thought to. That's what I'm trying to do this month: give thought to things I don't typically think about. I'm excited to see what else I discover; not just about science but about myself.

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Kristin
on 
November 08, 2011

I am a volunteer at the museum, and I have to agree with you about the floors. Glad to see you were able to get outside and get some relief! :)

Peggy Smith
on 
November 08, 2011

Yes, those 'little-things' mean a lot..Hang in there !!! Lots of love, your Cuz....

Amy
on 
November 08, 2011

I love this water side of the museum. Do you know what it was used for during the exposition? Were there boat rides?

Rita K
on 
November 08, 2011

Isn't it funny the things you take for granted until you no longer have them?

Rita K
on 
November 08, 2011

Isn't it funny some of the things we take for granted until we no longer have them?

kaya bogus
on 
November 09, 2011

You are almost there, keep busy and GOD Bless.

Martha Bada
on 
November 09, 2011

I'm a MSI volunteer too. I regret that I didn't meet Kate our previous roommate, but I intend to make up for that by meeting you tomorrow at the movie.

MSI Kevin
on 
November 10, 2011

Thanks everyone; I appreciate the words of encouragement. And Amy- if you Google image search for "Palace of Fine Arts Chicago" you'll see a bunch of cool pictures. The lagoon side was the main entrance during the World's Fair. I believe there was an electric boat launch near the entrance.

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