Spiders, Marilyn Monroe and Superman

Last week, as I mentioned in a previous post, I went downtown Chicago with my son.  He works in the media department for a large international church and he needed urban video footage.   I was not his first choice, but was as excited as a puppy to tag along.

We got on the train by 7:15 a.m. and exited at the beautiful Museum Campus.  The bag he had asked me to carry was very light, but he kept asking if it was too heavy for me.  After getting about an hour of random city shots and walking at a roadrunner pace, I suggested that we go to the John Hancock building so that he could have a panoramic view.  He loved the idea.  I experienced a rare moment…a moment when I was respected by my teenager not because he should or had to, but because I actually came up with an idea that was in his estimation a good idea!

As we approached the building, he held the door open for me.

“I’ll wait here while you go up,” I tried to sound nonchalant.

“No, Mom, I don’t want to leave you here alone.  I might be awhile.  Let me buy you a ticket.  It will be fun,” he encouraged.

Did you know that the elevator in the John Hancock building is North America’s fastest elevator?  I do.  It only takes 40 seconds to get to the 93rd floor.  So chewing imaginary gum to keep my ears from popping, we arrived at the observation deck.  The view was spectacular.  I found a colony of spiders hanging on the the 93rd floor window.  Fascinated, I asked my son to take a picture, because I knew that there was a blog post in that story.  I wrote about it here.

On our way back to the train station, we saw a giant sculpture of Marilyn Monroe.

“Look how huge her feet are, Mom.”  I was glad it was her feet he noticed.

At the train station, my son insisted on buying me lunch in order to thank me for helping him.  After lunch, we saw Superman.  He looked really tired, so he must have taken a break from being more powerful than a locomotive.  Maybe that’s why he was buying a ticket.

Other than the spider picture, these pics were taken with my phone…so sorry for the lack of quality…

These few hours will be etched in my mind as some of the most pleasant in my life.  Why?  Because even though I wasn’t his first choice, my son treated me like I was.  My, what a fine young man God has made of him!

Linking up with the lovely Jen at Soli  Deo Gloria!


I want to soar like a…..spider?

Today my son and I went downtown.  He edits video promotions for our church and he needed some good footage for an upcoming conference.  So, he asked me to come along.  Actually, he asked someone else, but they couldn’t go.  It’s interesting how moms are always last on the list…

So we found ourselves romping around the city for a few hours.  One of the places at which he decided to do some shooting was at the Hancock building.  I wasn’t exactly thrilled about going to the ninety-third floor on the fastest elevator in North America.  (It takes only 40 seconds!)  The things we will do for our children.  But, once we arrived the view was spectacular!  It was a beautiful, clear day and visibility was particularly great.

While sitting in a chair waiting for my son, I noticed a spider in the corner of the window…on the OUTSIDE of the corner of the window, thankfully.  I wondered how he got up there.  Did he walk?  If so, how long would it take a spider to walk from ground level to the 93rd floor?  Fascinated, I asked my son to take some pictures.

I couldn’t stop thinking about these spiders, and after some investigation I found several of them all around the observation deck.  When I got home, I did a little research and this is what I found…and I promise, I am not making this up.

Fellow blogger Mom2Mom stayed on the 15th floor of a hotel across the street from the Hancock building recently and received the following note left on the bed:

Dear Guest:

We request that you do not open your windows in your suite during this time to avoid the annual migration of High Rise Flying Spiders.

A Chicago Phenomenon…..

Lake shore high-rises, Willis Tower and Hahn Hancock are noticing the annual influx of flying spiders spinning mini-masterpieces as high as 95 stories.

Baby spiders release silk from their spinnerets to create a balloon-like contraption. The spiders then use the balloon to hitch rides on uplifting air currents from the lake. The spider is the Larinioides sclopetaria, an orb-weaving spider that is found throughout the Northern Hemisphere. In natural environments, these spiders live on rocks overhanging water. In the city, they have found the next best thing; tall buildings and high-rises. What makes high-rises so appealing is the light shining through the windows.

Thank you for helping us provide you with a comfortable stay.

There are no “rocks overhanging water” in Chicago so they found the “next best thing”.  I want to be found as adaptable as these little critters.  When they find themselves outside their typical environment, they don’t complain, they don’t sit around feeling sorry for themselves, they adapt.  Then they use their spinnerets to create little hang gliders that carry them to the most spectacular view in the city, where they construct a beautiful home for themselves.

May we be like these little creatures, using the resources God has given us to create a beautiful environment for ourselves and those we love.  And may our creation cause us to go soaring on the wind to greater heights.  May we be undaunted by a change of environment and plans.   Yes, it’s official, I want to soar like a spider.