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This week, I had the pleasure of writing about Highwood resident Cristina Lenzini, who turned 100 on Sept. 1. Hearing about Lenzini, and the plans her family made for her 100th birthday reminded me of my own family.
When I was 10 years old, in 2003, my family and I took a drive up to La Crosse, Wisc. for my great-grandfather’s birthday party. He was turning 100 years old.
One of my clearest memories of that day was seeing his birthday cake carried out with 100 burning candles on top of it. It looked like an inferno.