As I (Steve) write this, it’s March 17. Today would have been my Mom’s 108th birthday. I’ve always appreciated how the city of Chicago turns the Chicago river green to remember my Mom. Oh, I know some people think it has something to do with St. Patrick, but Johnnie, my brother, Lee, and I know it’s really all about Mom.
Yes, she was as Irish as they come. The former Mary Elizabeth Carroll’s parents met in County Cork, in Ireland and, not that long after, a boat landed them on this country’s shores. Mom LOVED potatoes and it was not unusual for her to have a potato along with her potato soup. She also loved Johnnie’s seasonal decorations.