- Hale is not plagued with indecision. He likes. He does not like. There is no middle ground.
- Hale likes animals and babies and birds.
- He likes his DSI game and is subject to lengthy explanations of the games, characters, strategies, etc.
- He is an avid and very good reader of some books.
- I know that one of Hale’s love languages is gifts.
- That he is concerned about healthy eating and reads labels and gives great exposés on foods but loves candy.
- I can guess pretty accurately that he will not want his picture taken which explains why I have many pictures of the back of his cute head.
- He loves chess which unfortunately I do not know how to play.
- Hale loves his siblings and his mom very much and misses them when separated.
- Hale knows a lot of facts and some are accurate but some are not quite. For example . . . “There are 8 million people in Chicago, Grandma!” I didn’t know so I checked later, out of curiosity, and I think it is closer to 3 million but 3 million or 8 million? They are both big numbers—too big for us to comprehend.
- Mostly, I do know that it is always delightful to have one-on-one time with Hale
- and Hale always remembers to say, “Thank you.”
But I don’t know. . .
- If he will want a Grandma Day. (He did! Yay!)
- What to feed him. (Lemonade, chips, Sprite Zero, Arby’s chicken strips, popcorn and “leftover” pizza for breakfast.)
- What he will enjoy doing.
Here is what I learned . . .
- He is very tired of swim lessons and is happy to have a reason to miss (which could perhaps explain his enthusiasm for a Grandma Day).
- He is not ever going up in the Sears/Willis Tower because he has vertigo and does not like heights.
- Hale liked Chicago’s Peter Pan, performed in a theater in the round with a 360 screen. I will repeat that because it is so much fun to say . . . Hale liked it!
- He does not like Chicago and is not interested in seeing any more of it.
- He can ride an adult bike and there is no need to borrow a smaller one.
- He prefers sleeping on the floor. (I did offer three different beds, really I did.)
- He shares my enthusiasm for bird watching out our breakfast window.
- Among his favorites are black-capped chickadees and cardinals. He also enjoyed watching the goldfinches and an appearance of a hummingbird. However, his absolute favorite kind of bird is an owl which of course we did not see but we did visit a store on our bike ride called, The Barn Owl.
- At the store we both enjoyed interacting with Joe the talking bird
Hale took home an owl souvenir to remember our day.
We both went home happy.