Well, Well, Well…
Well, late Saturday afternoon my teen and I were at loose ends. It’s rare these days that we’re both at loose ends at the same time. So with time to spare and a bag of semi-nuevo apples in the fridge, we decided to spend some quality time together and head over to where the deer roam. (Ok, fine, you got me. Once in a great while I take apples to the deer. Bad, I know.) Chicago deer live in our forest preserves and the pasture spot we like to visit is home to a lot of late afternoon grazers. It’s cool to watch.
Well, when we arrived the deer hadn’t yet, so we sat in the small parking lot playing on our phones. I play ‘2048’ and Cole is into some game called ‘Godus,’ where you get to rule the universe. All I know is his people eat well.
Well, after a while, a steady stream of people getting out of their cars with empty water jugs and heading over to the water pump to fill them caught our attention. There were old people, young people, cops, families with little kids, all carrying water jugs of all sizes. It was odd, you know?
After watching for a while, our inquiring minds wanted to know why the pump was so popular, so Cole ventured out to question the friendly stranger who was at the pump happily filling a plethora of water jugs. Cole reported back that the friendly stranger said he wanted chemical-free water. I assumed he was anti-fluoride. Well, call me a profiler, but I had my doubts that all the people flocking to the well were against fluoride. So when we returned home I did a little research.
The pump is considered by some to tap into a fountain of youth; others believe it is holy water. The city of Chicago says it’s well water. The city doesn’t do anything to make the Schiller Woods water pump special and no one quite understands why people will stand in line to pump water from it when another, mostly ignored, pump is directly across the street. Most people find the pump by just falling into it, metaphorically speaking of course; or they learn about it from a er… ‘well-intended’ friend. Some claim it pumps the best well water in Illinois. I tasted it… I’ll stick with city water. If you like well water, I hope we can still toast one another. (Carol, please stop shaking your head and scowling at me.)
Well, eventually two deer showed up and graced us with their presence, but so what! Who needs deer when we were well watching? We put together a short video so you could well watch with us. My teen says it’s a lot like watching golf. . .
Well, deep subject, I know.
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