Sunday, March 3, 2013
Grandmother's Two Dollars
Last Wednesday, February 27th, I was glad to see Cecilia Acosta Ruiz, 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 years old. 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. Cecilia Acosta Ruiz is the widow of Herman Acosta, a former federal employee at the U.S. Department of Labor, Klucynski Building, 230 S. Dearborn Street in Chicago, Illinois USA. The Acosta Ruiz Family used to live in Addison, DuPage County, Illinois USA for several years. According to Cezi, her husband Herman was a victim of crimes in Addison, after he was found beaten and unconscious on the street—Herman Acosta was taken to the hospital after suffering broken ribs and internal injuries where he died from complication with cancer. Cezi, her children and grandchildren, have survived the death of Herman Acosta in Villa Park, DuPage County, Illinois USA. Her Catholic Christian faith has saved Cezi who has participated in the V.I.P. Senior Club events and activities at St. Pius X Catholic Church and School. Mrs. Cecilia Acosta Ruiz is devoted Catholic parishioner at St. Pius X Church. Several years ago, Cezi Acosta was involved in a severe automobile multiple-collision accident returning from work in Aurora where she survived three other drivers who perished in their cars. Nowadays, Cezi is a retired senior citizen with a permanent disability, ailments from rheumatoid arthritis, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and other senior aches and pains regularly. During 2010, when I was using my Lombard garage at 502 S. Westmore-Meyers Road and Washington Boulevard, Cezi Acosta offered to help me sort out the Lombard Fire Department boxes I had with Household items, Personal Fashion Clothing, Family Matters, and Business Electronic Equipment, the Mitsubishi Galant 4-door Sedan, the Gardening Tools, the Extended Garden Hose, the Wood Chipper, the Toro Snowblower, the Sears Craftsman Deluxe Lawnmower, the Mikasa Porcelain Dishes, Glassware, and other valuables which I had stored in the family garage.