Thursday, June 7, 2012

A city in a garden

I had planned to post an altogether different photo for ABC U-Day, but that was before I encountered the useful knife sharpener of yesterday.

Still, I beg to inform you that URBS IN HORTO, meaning "city in a garden," is the motto of the great City of Chicago.
Chicago, that beautiful and friendly city by the Lake, city of my birth, place of my first 22 years of life.

Imagine my surprise when, among the hundreds of exhibiting companies and institutions at the 18th International AgriTech in Tel Aviv, I came upon a booth of the State of Illinois.

I just stood gazing at the photo--had it included just a few more blocks, our apartment would have been visible.
Ah the memories--swimming and fishing in Lake Michigan, climbing the lake's snow mountains when it froze, riding my bike on the cycling path, riding horses on the bridle path . . .
Where else could a kid have such fun in nature in a city of millions?

And now that I know Chicago's motto, I heartily agree that Chicago is an urbs in horto.


Reader Wil said...

Wow! That must have been a lovely surprise and a moment of happy memories of your childhood.Do you have the feeling sometimes that you live in two worlds? I know that my mum had this.

Dina said...

Wil, no, not at all.
I felt so at home from the very beginning when I made aliyah to Israel, that I never looked back.

VP said...

A delightful motto, but it says nothing about the wind?

Dina said...

Urbs in horto cum vento ?

Robert Geiss said...

Wonderful a surprise that must have been.

Me, having a few times the thought of living in two worlds. Thank you Wil for this inspiration.

Please have you all a good Friday.

Petrea Burchard said...

As you know, I lived in Chicago after you did. By then it was more urban, but still so beautiful and friendly. A great place.

VP said...

Urbs ventosa cum horto?

Dina said...

VP, we will have to write to His Honor the Mayor about changing Chicago's motto. :)

Kay said...

I didn't even know that was Chicago's motto. Will you be coming to Chicago for a visit sometime? I know Mrs. H must be missing you.