Last Wednesday, February 27th, I was glad to see Cecilia Acosta, the Church friend from St. Pius X, who drove me to the Post Office and the Helen M. Plum Memorial Library by 9:00 a.m. Cezi was leaving to Midway Airport to see her daughter Jordana and son-in-law John McCarthy in Hanover, Maryland and her grandchildren Sarah and Eric McCarthy at Juniatta College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania for the Men’s Volleyball Tournament. Mrs. McCarthy was going to pick her up by 2:00 o’clock in the afternoon at home. Before Cezi drove off, I asked her to help me with some fare money and she gave me two dollars, $2.00, out of her pocket. She was going to the pharmacy to pick up her prescriptions since she suffers from rheumatoid arthritis, high cholesterol, and other senior health conditions at age 75. Later Cezi was going to see her daughter Ginny who was waiting for her with borrowed money for her Maryland trip. Like a Grandmother, Cezi offered me a cup of mint tea and bowl of cereal with Oberweis milk, the last cup in the glass bottle she had in the fridge. While I microwaved the tea cup and set up the cereal bowl, Cezi was rushing through the early morning packing her two carry-on luggage bags for Maryland.

Ten minutes before the Plum Library opened, Cezi drove into the Lombard parking lot on Maple St. and Parkside and waited on the cold winter day in the car with me, while she calmed down from rushing, packing, taking out the recyclables in Villa Park, cleaning the car, and making her To Do List for Jordana, John, Ginny, and Anthony and Diane his wife, her adult grown children. Plus, she picked up the big bag of cereal boxes for Ginny, Jessica, and Johnny Taylor in Villa Park, DuPage County, Illinois USA.

Time flies early on a Wednesday winter morning. So, by 9:00 a.m., Cezi stopped by the Plum Library. I said, “Have A Good Vacation!” “God Bless You” with a hug and a kiss. “Can you help me with some fare money?” Cezi took out two dollars, $2.00US, out of her pocket, while I opened the door to get out in front of the Plum Library. Thanks. I waited for Cezi to drive off on Maple Street by the Plum Library in Lilac Town.

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