Today my grandma and I had an adventure at the Field Museum. She wasn’t sure why we were going or what we would be doing there. It was raining, weren’t we going to get wet? No, don’t worry, we will be inside, we will have a chair to wheel you around, you won’t have to walk far.
Adventuring in the car
I wanted her to go because she needs to get out of the house and see the world more than she does. Keeping her active keeps her healthy, but I also worry about over exerting her and putting her in situations that she is uncomfortable. At first it wasn’t going so well. The two temporary exhibits, which I absolutely love, were simply to much for her. They are both a bit dark and a little to abstract for her to understand. Afterwards we were out in Stanley Field Hall and she was looking around at the half-dozen families and adults and the handful of school groups walking around.
“Is it this busy all the time!” she asked.
I laughed a bit, “No, this is a really slow day I said.” The past few weeks have been so busy with spring break crowds the poor building could hardly breath, its only this week that the building has slowed down and it feels empty to me. However, my grandma is only used to seeing and interacting with around 10-15 people total and most days only talks to three or four people. Merely being surrounded by several dozen people at once (when she was never a social person to begin with) was almost overwhelming for her. I wondered if maybe we should just go home after lunch so she could take it easy, but then after lunch we went to see the birds.
My grandma has (recently?) become fascinated with birds. She sits and eats her breakfast in the morning and watches the sparrows fly around, wondering what they might be up to. “There’s a bird! What’s it doing? Oh, there it goes again!” The birds hall at the museum is beautiful and has recently been remodeled. She spent the afternoon looking at owls, ducks, cardinals, hummingbirds, turkeys and even an ostrich. And it was awesome. So much awesome.
She said the turkey looked sad because we were going to eat him
The Ostrich is bigger than you are!
Watching the birds
I think I will have to look to see if Animal Planet/National Geographic/the library have some bird documentaries. We also have lots of birds that like to nest in the yard and hopefully it will warm up soon and we can sit outside some days and watch them fly to and from their nests. We could spend a whole day happily watching some birds.