...And That's My Opinion©
By Sandy Goldman
The Rogers Park Community Curmudgeon
It was 1954 and he
was a student at
Two elderly women
directed and ran the school. The chef was a retired mess sergeant from
Even though Christmas was not her holiday his mother had cooked a holiday dinner. It was Friday and she always cooked a holiday Shabbat dinner on Friday for the many people who would often drop in, family and friends. The two boys ate food they had never seen before and in some cases could not pronounce.
The next day the
student took them to a clothing store on
Next the threesome
took a ride on the EL which neither had ever seen nor ridden before. They went to the
On the way back to
the north side apartment, they exited at Washington and State Streets and
walked around downtown. The two young men had never been there. They explored
Marshall Fields, Carson Pirie Scott and all of
They returned to
the counselor’s home for the night. In
the morning there was a hearty breakfast of scrambled eggs, lox and bagels;
then warm goodbyes and the ride back to
The two boys, empowered by the experience and now aware of the world
I know what became of the counselor. I wonder what became of the two boys………..
IT WAS A HOLIDAY LONG AGO….
...And that's my opinion.
And I'm Sandy Goldman
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