Happy Paczki Day!
Or, as the REST of the world refers to it: Fat Tuesday!
Here in the large Polish community of Toledo, Ohio and the LARGER Polish community of Hamtramck, Michigan– Paczki rules the day.
Plain, Banana, Apricot, Pudding, PRUNE! Those were the original flavors… but now you can enjoy Blueberry, Chocolate AND more!
Growing up, my Polish Dad made a big deal about Paczki Day… we had ’em in the house for two weeks leading up to the day. And then I wondered why I was a big kid.
After my Dad retired from being a truck mechanic, he couldn’t just sit around. So he went and got a job as a parts delivery driver for a local car dealership. I think those were the most fun years he had, because of the interactions he would have with people.
And above all, Fat Tuesday must have been his favorite day. He would load up the van with Paczki, purchased with his own money, and take them around when he was delivering the parts. The faces of the clerks lit up as those fattening little pastries emerged from his van.
I drove through the cemetery in the old Polish Village this morning on my way down to get my Paczki. Not a day goes by that I don’t think of Leon Rokicki. Or, as he referred to himself in his parts delivery van, “Leon the Peon”.
Now, so we can all learn something about Paczki and an exciting community group in the Polish Village, here is a little video:
Don’t forget that we’re almost ONE WEEK AWAY from Pete Day… Leap Day!
Tomorrow, we are reading to 5 classrooms at an elementary school… and that should be a LOT of fun! Of course we will report how it goes– right here.