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Thursday, March 30, 2023

Senior Voices – I don’t understand


Mother’s Day is always a special day in the year. Because of a variety of viruses and childhood illnesses, mothers have always been there for their children. Just as in our memories, these at-home times with Mom always will be remembered.

This time, however, I never did understand the run (pun intended) on toilet paper.

What ever happened to the old Sears catalog? When I was a child, we always went to Aunt Mary’s on the farm for Mother’s Day. First we went to the country church, which was always the social highlight of the week, and then to her house for dinner.

Aunt Mary had an outhouse with gorgeous hollyhocks on the outside.

It was always an adventure to tear out a page of the catalog and rub it between your hands to soften it. Ah! The memories!

It also was fun to pass the time by counting the spiders.

Of course, these days, we don’t have the catalog anymore, but what about an old phone book? Today we can’t use anything other than toilet paper because we have indoor plumbing and septic tanks. We are so modern.

I have been very impressed by how many people call me, bring me food, flowers, and just show how much they care. I even received a call I almost didn’t answer because no identification came up on my phone and I just figured another robo call. I waited to see if they left a message. It was a gentleman just calling from the Lisle Park District to be sure I was OK and did I need anything. Now wasn’t that great? And I don’t even live in Lisle, but I have attended a few interesting programs they’ve had.

Naperville does not have a slogan, like Lombard, the Lilac Town. Lisle is the Arboretum Town. Sorry to say, I’ve heard people call Naperville the “elitist” town, mostly because of the cost to live here. I sure hope our mayor and council do everything in their power to alleviate that reputation.

I have long advocated our slogan to be “Naperville the KIN town = Kindness In Naperville.” I see so many ways when I’m out and about that we could be nicer and more thoughtful.

So I’ve noted that if any part of the virus was good, it brought out our “KIN.”

Still, it seems like people here drive too fast, are always in a hurry, and many just plain are not polite. Try to be a more thoughtful driver. Also, be nicer in the stores. A smile goes a long way. Just think about “KIN.”

Chuckle Time: Why is gas now so much less costly when we can’t go anywhere?

Bonus Chuckle: I have washed my hands so many times, I found the answers to my high school chemistry test.

Bev Patterson Frier
Bev Patterson Frierhttp://napervill.il.us
Bev Patterson Frier was co-founder of the Senior Task Force with Karen Courney. Their efforts led to RAN, Ride Assist Naperville. Bev hails from Anderson, Ind., but the dedicated arts enthusiast boasts that Naperville is her family.