Daily Herald readers designed creative Wilsons to keep them company during the stay-at-home order. Wilson (a volleyball) plays a starring role in Tom Hanks' 2000 movie "Cast Away" and kept Hanks' character company during his long isolation on a deserted island following a plane crash.
"In the midst of changing our lives, we began to miss our weekly grind of two soccer practices and one or two soccer games on the weekends for our twin 9-year-old daughters," says the Nero family of Hoffman Estates. "Early on, my mind went to the vintage 1980s Wilson soccer ball from my childhood, which my parents brought to me in the last year. Of course, it's not the cool new balls that the kids use nowadays, but the movie "Cast Away" and Tom Hanks brought this idea to mind. I call it 'Soccer Sunday coffee with Wilson.'"
Courtesy of Nero family
Rolling Meadows's Shirley Bollinger sent photos of her flowers with this saying: "Just living is not enough," said the butterfly, "one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower." Taken from Hans Christian Andersen's "The Butterfly."
Courtesy of Shirley Bolliger
Libertyville resident Janelle Frick's hummingbird feeder Wilson.
Courtesy of Janelle Frick
Barb Heinrich of Buffalo Grove loves how their tree that watches over her.
Courtesy of Barb Heinrich
Glen Ellyn resident Cathy Hosek's Wilson is named Adonis.
Courtesy of Cathy Hosek
Chickie Kyska created a zoo from masks and artowrk for kids to enjoy.
Courtesy of Chickie Kyska
Michael Magnini's wife saw a Facebook post from Christina Anderson-Heller (Lynfred Winery), showing various photos of Wilson-style toilets. It inspired me to try the same at their Roselle home.
Courtesy of Michael Magnini
Kathy Miller's cat is named Wilson and says he is a great companion.
Courtesy of Kathy Miller
Warrenville resident Chris Murray's Wilson is named Karma.
Courtesy of Chris Murray of Warrenville
Tater is Bartlett resident Michelle Pacini's version of Wilson.
Courtesy of Michelle Pacini
Ron Prazuch of Arlington Heights says: "When my niece Lauren was a student at St. Viator, she took an art class in which she made a small clay sculpture that she gifted to me as sort of a joke. She dubbed the bust she created Jackie O. because of its striking resemblance to the former first lady (note the pearls she's wearing). The bust more closely resembles an Easter Island statue ... hence the gag. Since then, what was originally intended to be a white elephant gift has turned into an ongoing family joke, with Jackie O. making regular appearances on special occasions and in random photos. In light of the recent COVID-19 crisis, I wanted to send my niece (now finishing her master's degree practicum in Wisconsin) some advice on how to stay safe and healthy, which included showing her how her beloved Jackie O. was coping. (Yes, I took the time to craft the world's smallest face mask ... What else do I have to do these days?) I didn't realize that Jackie O. would make such a good Wilson until this morning."
Courtesy of Ron Prazuch
Marilee Sarlitto's robotic vacuum cleaner needed some sprucing up to entertain herself, her dog and her 89-year-old mother at their Long Grove home. Marilee's Wilson is named Astro.
Courtesy of Marilee Sarlitto
Mount Prospect resident Lisa Wcislo took a photo Wilson which was created on a small rubber ball at my father-in-law's house.
Courtesy of Lisa Wcislo
Dave Willems of Gurnee went tropical with his Wilson.
Courtesy of Dave Willems
Jim Nebel of St. Charles says his Wilson is a great friend, is always there for him and keeps his opinions to himself.
Courtesy of Jim Nebel
Jane Sorensen's Wilson is a pen who helps helps her solve the Daily Herald puzzle at her Elgin home.
Courtesy of Jane Sorensen
Lisa Tuttle's Wilson keeping her company in Schaumburg.
Courtesy of Lisa Tuttle
Neal Katz of Wheeling used a Wilson ball make a graphic which ended up on a t-shirt.
Courtesy of Neal Katz