I could smell spring today. You know what I mean - that warm
gust of air that seeps in through your nose that seems to come from
an entirely different direction than the rest of the wind hitting
your body. That warm gust of wind that can give your body as much
energy as any double, triple, or even four shot (we saw a guy order
a four shot drink the other day, I am not kidding) latte.
Spring for us this year mean lots of
travel. First, we owe my father a visit to Michigan in March due to
the fact that his Packers beat my beloved Bears in the NFC
Championship game. Yes, in my family we bet "visits" with my father
always seeming to come out on top. I wish I could say the same
thing for Da' Bears. Years ago my father moved out of my childhood
home and in to a more rural setting which is nice because it gives
my son, Leo a chance to see a different, less chaotic side of life.
We all "slow down" a bit when we go up for a visit.
Second, we are off to Europe in
April. Pascale's family is still in Belgium so we make the
transatlantic voyage every so often to break bread. This year we
will be spending a few days in Paris as well. Leo is looking
forward to it, and already "packed his wallet" the other day in
case he wants to "buy some stuff" while over there. The sad part is
he has more cash than his old man to "pack his wallet" with. How
does that happen? If any of you saw our "Exploring
my America" trip that was documented in Chicago Parent Magazine
last fall you know we like to find crazy, fun little out of the way
attractions. This should be a blast!
So remember, if you find yourself
feeling that same warm breeze I felt, to think warm thoughts and
embrace a new chapter and the exciting opportunities that make up
Ryan lives in Uptown with his wife, Pascale, and 5-year-old son, Leo, and works in Chicago as an actor and on-air host.
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