This past weekend my 8th Grade English teacher and now long time friend and colleague, Kirk Taylor came to stay with my wife and me for the weekend. He brought his 13 year old son Graeme (a confessed sugar junkie). Graeme is the age that I was when I met his father, and coincidentally I am the age Kirk was when I met him. The trip was a two fold plan, to see more of Chicago and visit with us, but more importantly for the young child prodigy, Graeme Taylor, to check out the University of Chicago where he is considering going in the coming years after he becomes valedictorian and to assist him in becoming the leader of the free world and conquerer of Earth. Even better, the person who showed Graeme around the campus is Felipe, who was also a former student of Kirk Taylor in the 8th grade when Kirk taught in Bogota, Columbia. Kirk called the 4 of us “The G8 Summit”. In some ways, I think 8th grade is indeed the time when everything changes. Kirk Taylor was a major catalyst for that change with me and many other students who had the luck to have him as a teacher so many years ago.
Some highlights: I took Kirk to a screening of my second music video at a nightclub, while Petra showed Graeme the downtown Magnificent Mile. Felipe showed us all over the beautiful University of Chicago campus. We relaxed in the apartment, listened to music and finally visited with an old schoolmate of Kirk’s, Michael Roper who owns the Hopleaf (a favorite bar/restaurant that Petra and I frequent), for brunch.
Following that, Kirk and Graeme went on to see the Museum of Science and Industry before heading home to report back to their family about their action packed weekend.
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