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Good Day Glencoe: Growing up Glencoe. Jennifer Bennett, Glencoe resident. 49 am CDT August 31, Share +. Moving here 10 years ago, I knew I felt.
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And I tell them who used to live in every single house in the neighborhood. Growing up, that was the best, knowing everybody who surrounds your daily life, and on Halloween, knowing which houses gave better candy than others. I was very fortunate to grow up in a town like Winnetka. It was a terrific community in a safe environment. I was fortunate our parents plopped us down there.

We lived in this beautiful, red-brick house on a classic Winnetka street. We had previously owned the house next door and it had a big yard; so, my parents were able to chop off the yard, sell the original house, and build a new home on the lot next door. It was a beautiful home in a great neighborhood. That home was where my dad made his investment. He put everything he had into that house so he could have a nice home and a safe neighborhood for his kids, but at the same time, he was doing it with smoke and mirrors.

When we had a car, we drove it until the doors fell off. We were the last family to get a microwave, and we were the last family to get a VCR. We had an old TV, and when the dog walked in and shook his collar, the channels started changing. As far as we knew, though, we had everything we could ever want.

My dad was really all about his kids, and providing for them and their education. Trying to teach your children the value of a dollar and what the proper values in life are, that gets tricky. With seven kids, our house was busy all the time. All three brothers were in the same bedroom, where we had two sets of bunk beds.

Then, Bill pulled a Greg Brady and moved to the garage. But John and I were roommates until he went to college.

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As the youngest kid, I observed a lot. It was a big ordeal to see who was going to get to use the car on the weekends. Everyone fought for that. There was a lot of interaction and a lot of tradition. On Saturday mornings, it was not uncommon to have four or five of the kids go with Mom and Dad to the grocery store and just load up. My dad loved doing that, walking down the aisles and sampling all the foods. I still do the same thing. On Saturday afternoons, we always did big lunches at our home. It was casual, just making sandwiches.

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Sunday mornings, everyone would show up for breakfast. Everybody I knew came from a big family. There were always kids running around. In our house, there were just people coming and going at all hours. I went everywhere on my bike. We rode all over the place, down to Tower Road Beach and all those local places, covering the whole North Shore.

That was when we were real little.

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That was the spot on Friday nights. The forest preserves right around Crow Island had amazing bike paths, and that was always fun to ride our bikes in there. And in the winter, if we got big rains, the park district fields in Winnetka would flood over, and you could skate endless distances because all the soccer fields would be full of water that froze over.


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Our young lives were really about going to school, playing sports, and making up our own fun. It seems so different now. In LA, just trying to manage these schedules for all our kids is insane. The logistics of driving around Los Angeles are impossible, attempting to move kids to practices and schools that are all over the place. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. Would you like to tell us about a lower price?

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Learn more about Amazon Prime. Glencoe is a small town outside Chicago where I was raised in the s, but it is also a special place in my mind that I can revisit when the mood strikes. In my memories I will always be able to find Good Humor bars, box tops to be sent in for valuable prizes and wide open fields to romp around that were not yet paved over. I can recall the Glencoe Theater where Three Stooges shorts were shown prior to a black and white monster movie every Saturday.

There was White Cloverine Brand Salve which I tried to sell to unsuspecting housewives , cold cream which I tried to eat , comic books which I tried to steal and other ephemera. It was an innocent time of awkward and sometimes one-sided romances, crew-cut AM top DJs, quirky local kids' TV hosts and my dear parents who were still very much alive.

It's easy to understand why I like to return. My original intent was not to publish these stories from 50 years ago, but just to commit them to paper for myself and a few friends. The response I got to the rough drafts convinced me that others might like to share the trip with me. Read more Read less.

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