After a day like yesterday, memories of old school Highland Park brings comfort
I’m from Highland Park.
Yeah, my time there wasn’t my happiest. My high school years were filled with angst, insecurity and immaturity. As I found out later, I wasn’t the only one. Far from it. Damn, I wish I knew that then. Still my life was full of privilege growing up in that community. I also wish I knew that then.
While I haven’t lived in Highland Park for more than five decades, I spend plenty of time there now. Between grocery shopping, eating at their restaurants or seeing a concert at Ravinia, I’m in H.P. almost every week of the year. I feel a part of their community.
I also belong to a few Highland Park Facebook groups. This morning, someone posted the above photo. This is the original Stash’s, which was a hot dog stand in Highland Park’s downtown area. Great dogs and French fries. The fries came in a small brown paper bag with the grease dripping out of the bottom. DELICIOUS!!
More than fifty years later, I can remember this clearly. The memories help bring a touch of peace and calmness after the events of yesterday. I know it doesn’t change a thing. We’re mourning the six who senselessly died yesterday. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the twenty-plus who were injured. This will continue for a long time to come. But, the memory of a hot dog stand from long ago, brings a smile on a day filled with tears. On July 5, 2020, in Highland Park, Illinois, a quick smile is a much needed thing.
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