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Life moves forward, even during a pandemic

On this day in 1924, Marlon Brando was born. Thanks to him, women named, Stella have been yelled at for many years.

My twin nephews, Danny and Andy, were also born on April 3. The year? 1981. My sister, Patti, was and still is a champion of motherhood. I don’t know how she did it. Twins!

The day Patti found out she was pregnant with twins, she called her hubby, Doug, at work to tell him the amazing news. He said that he had something amazing to tell her about the lunch she packed for him that day. The hard-boiled egg she included had a double yolk!

When Patti came home with the twins, I went to her house to help out. I had to bring my then two-year-old daughter, Chloe, with me. I was pregnant with my third child at the time. I don’t know how much help I was. My mom and Patti’s mother-in-law were also there. Each got to hold their new grandsons. Two babies, no waiting!

Even during a quarantine, there are lots of activities going on in West Lawn. One of our neighbors has been making homemade pasta. Another neighbor is making little birdhouses from kits she found at a dollar store. Her kids are painting them. My neighbor, Gladys Becker, got out her oil paints and created the most beautiful picture of flowers in a vase.

I have been taking a free online course in American history. I suggested to my son, Joe, that this might be a good time to organize his room. He said, “I will call this a quaranclean.”

The Chicago Park District is offering lots of free online classes from park districts all over the city. I didn’t see any from West Lawn Park, but it doesn’t matter because all the classes are open to all residents of Chicago.

There are classes in puppetry, household cleaning tips, meditation and even a storybook reading for the kiddies. I have been enjoying a ballet class. It is a real workout! I highly recommend this for all fitness levels. If you have access to the internet go ChicagoParkDistrict.com.

St. Mary Star of the Sea Church is conducting TV Mass on Sundays on Channel 7. The English-language service is at 9:30 a.m. and Spanish service is at 10 a.m. If you have questions, call (773) 767-1246.

Happy 99th birthday to St. Mary Star of the Sea parishioner Frank McDermott. Congratulations to you!

Thank you to 13th Ward Ald. Marty Quinn. All residents in the ward received a robocall, telling them to call his office if they have any questions or need anything. His office, located at 6500 S. Pulaski, is closed to walk-in traffic during the quarantine, but you can call (773) 581-1313 or (773) 581-8000 for any assistance you need.

West Lawn resident Donna Kowatch told me that she got a call from Alderman Quinn. He was checking on her well being. Donna said, “I’m a senior and that means a lot during these times.”

Thank you to all the helpers out there. Thank you to all the people who have called one another just to see how they are doing.

I sure do appreciate the calls and texts and emails from all my West Lawn neighbors and friends.

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