Where did all these new toll roads come from? While driving west out of the Chicago O’Hare airport I missed an exit and got turned around into rush hour traffic so got off at the first opportunity.
Found a familiar main road, not expressway, and soon a cross street name caught my attention. My Aunt Patti lived on this street in LaGrange, and still does. I totally surprised her. It had been about 35 years since we’d seen each other.
As a child, my family stayed here while waiting to move into a new house. In fact, Mom actually tied me to a cherry tree that’s no longer there at this neighboring house where another relative lived and now my cousin lives there. Mom got pissed at all my wandering off.
I lived in Downers Grove during most of my school years. I so remember crawling out the bedroom window (behind the tree), across the shaky just-for-looks balcony and over the garage roof to shimmy down a drain pipe. Trees given to Mom for holidays as saplings now tower over the roof. The neighborhood looks lush and settled instead of the sparse one tiny tree in front of every house.
Downers Grove South High School really grew, I suppose to match the expanded neighborhood. Turned down the street we used to drag race on and now too many stop signs. Plus the Ford Fiesta rental couldn’t beat a snail.
About the only things I recognized were street names as I continued traveling west to the home of my hostess who I thought lived way out in the sticks. But turns out rural is even further west, which I explored the following day.
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