When I was a kid, my mom used to have parties with all of her friends.
Each one of the ladies would make different desserts and they would sit in the dining room and gossip all afternoon.
My brothers and I had to go outside to play with the neighbors and all of the kids in the apartment building. We weren’t allowed to come into the house unless we were bleeding or on fire. I remember a time when my friends and I were outside playing and it was the middle of the winter season. I was wearing a pair of ski gloves with a mask, ear muffs, and a bandana. It was still cold outside. I saw a truck from the heating company pull into the yard. I went inside to find out what was going on. My parents immediately told me to go outside to play. My mom started to smell the strangest and oddest odor. She didn’t know where the smell was coming from, but it seemed like the odor was coming from the furnace. My parents contacted a furnace company in Glenview, Illinois. The Glenview heating company had a technician available and a service representative came to the house about an hour after my parents made the call. My brothers and I got into a lot of trouble later that day. My mom and dad found out that we were putting all of our toys in one of the air vents in the living room. The toys were starting to melt from the heat and that was the source of the odd smell. My parents had to pay a $150 bill to the Glenview, Illinois, heating company and it turned out to be our fault. We were grounded for a month after that occurred.