Few visits are sweeter than taking both of my parents to the Red Apple of Palatine for a leisurely breakfast.
For one thing, their attitudes are super sweet in the morning. And for the second thing, my dad is always hungry for eggs and bacon.
My dad sometimes says, 'let's go to the "Red Barn, or the "Red Cow." Or, he guesses, the "Red Rooster," or the "Red Onion." His humor (and/or forgetfulness) makes me laugh, and lately he's been getting the name right, "Red Apple" like yesterday morning.
We braved the winter chill and drove the few blocks from his retirement home to the restaurant.
The three of us have been regulars for more than a year now and have become fond of Owners Angelo and Sam, and many of the wait staff. They are all welcoming hosts and offer great food, prices and service. The atmosphere is warm and inviting, clean and cozy. My parents and I enjoy this breakfast immensely.
If I sound like I am the Red Apple's PR agent, I guess I am.
Good service is hard to come by these days, and compassion and patience for elderly people isn't that easy to find either. The Red Apple has both. Each visit includes a large container of homemade soup to go and fresh bakery muffins (as a gift) for my parents to take home.
Can you imagine the kindness of that?
And, at the register is a barrel of....you guessed it....red apples, free for the taking.
There's also a bowl of suckers for the kids. My dad always takes one apple and a few suckers for my Dum Dums (oops, I mean, sons.) My mom sometimes takes one, too.
My parent's happiness depends on many things, of course: love for each other, gratefulness, contentment, health, tender loving care from family, warmheartedness from others...
But their continued happiness (and mine) also depends on a leisurely breakfast at the Red Apple, at least once a week.
Funny how their favorite meal of the day has now become mine.
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