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Chores can wait

April 2, 2012 - Mike Donahey
My Saturday “to do” list was long.

There were dishes to be cleaned, rugs to be vacuumed, leaves to be raked and painting to be done. The weather was ideal for yard work and painting — leaving no excuse.

But I decided to visit our youngest daughter, a student at the University of Iowa instead. My better half was away, taking a well-deserved break visiting our other daughter in Georgia.

I was on my way after a call was made, time was set and plans made. Joining me was the family dog — a good traveler. Plus, I knew our youngest would enjoy seeing him too. My daughter and I enjoyed a quick lunch followed by shopping for clothes and groceries.

One would have a hard time convincing me the economy — especially the Iowa City/Coralville area — is down based on the Coral Ridge Mall’s nearly full parking lot, There were seemingly thousands of people, like us, inside on a gorgeous day. Capping off the hours-only visit was a welcome trip to a downtown coffee house. We shared conversation over my coffee and her tea, catching up on her school work and summer plans.

Years ago I was a student on the same campus and it was interesting seeing one my favorite taverns — the Deadwood — still in business only at a different location. Also still going strong was another favorite haunt — the Englert Theater. As a student in the 70s it was a popular movie theater before multiplexes took over. My wife and I had many a date there.

Fortunately, a group of hard-working Iowa Citians and others gave the historic structure another life when it’s role as a full-time movie theater ended. March’s programs featured a number of live music and entertainment performances and April’s schedule looked busy as well.

I’m sure Iowa City — especially downtown — is better because of the Englert Theater. And my daughter and I are better for our short visit.

I’ve learned the time to visit is now.

Her years in kindergarten through high school (especially high school) went too quickly. I don’t want to be lamenting on her college graduation day about unmade visits. Especially when Iowa City is but 100 miles and a two hour drive distant. The dishes, rugs, leaves and painting can wait.


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