John Rice is a columnist/private detective, who has seen his business and family thrive in Forest Park. He thoroughly enjoys life in the village and still gets a thrill smelling Red Hots, watching softball and strolling through cemeteries.
One Christmas was so much fun like the other in that snow-filled suburb. I reach into the snow bank of memory and pull out a gingerbread man. We carved their shapes on a flour-dusted table. After they were baked, we slathered them with frosting and sprinkles. We hung them with string from the tree. Edible ornaments we could grab any time for a snack.
This season many of us are celebrating a birth. But for my family this year feels more like a re-birth. After 32 years, we moved from our house on Beloit. It had more space than we needed. It was too expensive and too much to keep up. Like many folks, it was time to downsize.
Stuck inside during our recent snow day, I reflected on our relationship with snow. When we're kids, snow is a blessing. It creates a winter landscape perfect for snow forts, snowmen and snowball fights.
Thanksgiving is more than gathering with family and friends to stuff our faces. It's also about sharing our bounty with those in need. The employees of Ferrara Pan Candy Co. get it. Their employee resource group, Ferrara Women Who Lead (FWWL) spearheaded a coat and candy drive for community schools. They gave Garfield School 40 coats and several cases of candy.