|Illinois Governor Pat Quinn addresses attendees before the opening of the 2010 Chicago Green Festival (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Like I said, he's a wonder mix. You can perhaps imagine my mild concern about him traveling to Springfield and being given an opportunity to speak to the Governor. I trusted that his teachers were just as aware as I about his charming and disarming qualities and would do what they could to stand near him, perhaps keeping a chloroform drenched rag in their back pocket when they were visiting the Governor's mansion.
The day in Springfield started at 5am as the 7th graders loaded onto the buses (with a bathroom and seats that reclined!) and they did not return until 11pm. He burst through the door late that night and exploded with excited memories of the day. Starting with food (always) and how great Subway is, transitioning to the great movie in the Lincoln museum and how it blew his mind with the funky 3-D effects, and how he sold his chips to a fellow student and found some coins on the street, turning the trip into a moneymaking endeavor. Finally he started to talk about their time with the Governor. I kept a calm, interested expression, trying to mask my anxiety about what he might soon be sharing. He wasn't returned to us with a police escort so I had that fact to reassure me.
"Oh! I asked the Governor a question!"
I smiled. Here it comes. "What was that?"