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Children can heal the soul

Just want to tell everyone in West Lawn that I am thinking of you. I’m grateful for everyone who reads the Greater Southwest News-Herald every week. This newspaper connects us all.

I have been hearing from a lot of you! One young mom told me about the home-schooling she’s been doing with her daughter. There is a lot of information online about lesson plans and teaching tips. You don’t even have to leave your home to have gain access to everything you need.

I home-schooled two of my kids for a few years. It was the most wonderful experience. Who better to teach you math and reading than the person who teaches you how to make your bed and brush your teeth?

Being inside with your kids means you have to get creative. I remember having to be indoors during bad weather with four little kids. We would spread out a sheet on the floor and put all my potted plants around it. Then we would make sandwiches and have a picnic on the floor, surrounded by green plants. If you’ve never done this, I highly recommend that you try it. Plants give off oxygen, and this makes you feel wonderful. Spending time with kids is good for you, too.

For all of you dealing with the responsibilities of caring for kids during these challenging times, I share some words of Dostoyevski: “The soul is healed by being with children.”

One of the last activities I participated in before the quarantine order was to go to a St. Patrick’s celebration luncheon with the Calvary Lutheran Church Seniors at 6149 S. Kenneth. We ate corned beef sandwiches and played bingo. Everyone was so nice and friendly and fun! I can’t remember when I’ve laughed so much.

Calvary Seniors get together every third Tuesday of the month at noon. They invite all to join them for this wonderful monthly event. Email Elaine LeBron at [email protected] for more information about the cost and other details. I don’t have her phone number, but I will be in touch with her about that. I will also share a reminder as often as I can about the monthly luncheons.

To all the seniors at Calvary Lutheran Church, I say hello and thank you for your warm hospitality. You all made me feel so welcome. I had such a nice time.

It’s a shame that all the churches are closed for worship services, just when we really need to hear the good word. I know there are radio stations that broadcast services. St. Mary Star of the Sea Church recommends a radio station called America’s Catholic Talk Radio Network (located at 950 AM).

I listen to a radio program on Saturdays from 1 to 5 p.m. at 90.9 FM. The program is called Old Time Radio with Steve Darnell. He plays old programs like Fibber McGee and Molly, The Bickersons, The Shadow and much more. It’s a fun program to listen to, especially for those of us of a certain age.

It’s good to know that grocery stores, pharmacies, coin laundries and bank drive-thrus will remain open.

In my opinion, the mayor’s decision to close all but 17 libraries was a questionable one. On the one hand, it was nice that we could still go to a library, but on the other hand, why subject some of the library employees to possible exposure to the new coronavirus? It seemed like she didn’t care about them. Plus, the library employees were not allowed to let you take out books. You could go there and read, but why even venture out of your home?

I do think the mayor meant well when she thought that keeping our West Lawn branch and the 16 other library branches open would provide a place for those without access to the internet to use the library computers.

As of this writing, the mayor has just decided to close all libraries including our own West Lawn branch library. This is the right thing to do for the safety of the library employees.

Most of my favorite restaurants, like Top View Restaurant at 4715 W. 63rd St., are open for take out. Call them at (773) 581-1770 to place an order for pick up. There are delivery options, too.

We will get through this just as we got through the H1N1 influenza pandemic when Barack Obama was president. According to the CDC, in just one year–from April 12, 2009 to April 10, 2010–there were 274,304 people hospitalized with the H1N1 flu and 12,469 deaths in the U.S. alone. Worldwide, there were approximately 60.8 million cases of the H1N1 flu.

In the mean time, life goes on. I’d love to hear about your birthdays, anniversaries, births and all celebrations, dear readers.

I would like to say happy birthday to my brother, Steve; my brother, Mike; my son, Roman; my granddaughter, Theodora; my nephew, Chris; and my nephew, Johnny. I would also like to remember my dear deceased mother on her March birthday.

Finally, thank you to my friend, Pat, for the St. Pat’s card. Pat, you are a saint!

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