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September 1, 2009: Chicago Agent Orange

My daughter Mary is immersed a year-long "art/life" project, primarily because she is a living artist, but also because she has been intrigued by the works of artist Linda Montano. In addition, Mary's husband is away for a year of training in the US Army Reserves. Her art/life project is a lively diversion that might also be a bit restrictive for a full time roommate.

Mary describes art/life in full on her blog PaperGirl, but one aspect of the year involves wearing a single color each month. She started in June with yellow. July was blue, June purple, and today, September 1, she transitioned from purple to orange.

I traveled from Winterset to Chicago Sunday because an examination under aneasthesia was scheduled for Mary Monday at Northwestern Hospital. Apparently, she has a tiny leak in her new internal plumbing system, one that her doctor repaired with, well, glue.

Yesterday afternoon, while Mary was still groggy in her hospital bed, I went on an orange clothing shopping mission on Michigan Avenue. Mary's sister Rebecca made a first foray Sunday, hitting sale racks at Gap, Banana Republic, H & M, and others, returning with fantastic orange shorts, a great scarf, and a flowy maxi dress. I went straight to Macy's at Watertower Place.

Shopping for one color only is an unique experience. Stepping off the escalator, you scan the retail horizon, hyperfocused. The blacks, grays, and deep reds of your entire shopping history are invisible to you. Interestingly, you can cover an entire floor of a huge department store in under ten minutes.

I found a darling tie-dye dress, a peasanty print blouse, and the perfect T-shirt, all at 70% off.

Heading back to the hospital for show-and-tell, I exited to the Magnificent Mile via American Girl Place. Strangely, as I bustled through with my shopping bags, I scanned the racks for tiny, orange doll clothes for a moment or two, then pulled myself together.

Mary is home today, dressed in juicy orange.

Today's Fortune Cookie Fortune:
You will find some bargains.

Posted on Tuesday, September 1, 2009 by Registered CommenterMarianne Fons | CommentsPost a Comment | References3 References

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