Mary Stanek

Mary Stanek

Fourth of July not happy for everyone

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By Mary Stanek

Your correspondent in Archer Heights and West Elsdon

3808 W. 57th Place •  (773) 517-7796

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Happy Fourth of July. Cannot believe I am already saying that, time sure goes. Hope it is safe and quiet for everyone and especially all of our house pets. For us its shutting the drapes, putting up the television and staying inside. It has also been a year since our terrible experience with gunshots for which I still have PTSD. One tiny little firework sends me through the roof.

Happy Birthday to my neighbor at the other end of the street, Olivia! We celebrated with a birthday brunch at her home, along with most of the neighbors, the morning of June 21.  As always, the food was plentiful. But this morning, my husband and I were introduced to a Mexican tradition – “Tres Coronas.” Tres Coronas is a specialty wine, a sherry so to speak. The tradition in Mexico with the old timers is to crack two raw eggs in a glass, top it off with a shot of Tres Coronas and drink it down every morning. Throughout the day one feels energetic, happy, and healthy. It can also be used to make sweet desserts.

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The thought of a raw egg in a drink also brought back memories to my husband. His father, Walter (the best father-in-law to me) would visit the neighborhood saloons, which some were open, in the morning and add a raw egg to his draft beer. I also remember saloon hopping with Walter. The favorite was Sophie Dubarek at the corner of 47th and Springfield. She would allow the family pets to visit as she had her own bar dog. Within walking distance from the old house at 47th and Springfield were also Chateaux liquors, the Apartment, and the Gin Mill, all closed now under different establishments.

Yep – those were the good times.

Our other set of neighbors recently added a new addition, Roxy, to the family. We refer to her as the dog in training, because the family really takes the time to properly train her to walk on a leash, etc. But little did we know, Roxy has a brother Leo– a Canadian Sphynx who one day was outside walking also on a leash. Oh, my Lord – if you have never seen one, he is a sight to behold. The Canadian Sphynx is a hairless cat. This little creature is so homely that he is adorable. We love you, Leo.

If you attend Mass at Saints Bruno & Richard Parish you may see some new faces. There are a new set of altar servers. Thank you to these youths of the parish for taking on this responsibility and for their faith.

This is a last call for any members of the St. Turibius Class of 1974 to please contact me if you are interested in attending our 50th reunion on July 14. The folks from St. Mary Star of the Sea held theirs on June 8 and it turned out to be a success.

 

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