Note from Peggy: I asked my readers to submit nominations for my first annual Civility Star Award. I was impressed with the flood of responses and wanted to share three nominations in particular. Here is the first; the others will be featured in the final weeks of May.
I’d like to nominate a person who, in my opinion, exemplifies great civility.
Raquel Golergant de Kogan and her husband are the most humane people I have ever had the pleasure and luck to find in life.
They were possibly living a year or two in Chicago. She was working as a secretary and her husband as a physician specializing in gastroenterology.
Raquel knew I was going to try a course in Chicago and called me on the phone to offer to let me stay in their apartment. I explained that I was going with a friend and they promptly provided space for us both in their home.
I have sweet memories of these wonderful experiences. We were taken to a Hawaiian restaurant, museums, and the zoo, where I saw a monkey for the first time.
Raquel and her husband also drove us to Washington, where we visited the most important sights.
She also knew about my long medical fight going to different gynecologists because I could not get pregnant, and therefore recommended me a hospital where there was a famous physician. Without Raquel’s suggestion, I would never have met this doctor who treated me.
He treated me so well and gave me some pills to take. Upon my return to Lima, I discovered I was expecting a baby. Thanks to Raquel’s generosity I could get treatment and have my three beloved children.
I remember everything she and her husband did for me and would like to pay tribute to these dear, unique friends.
Hopefully, telling my story I might be able to show, in honor of this good friend, how grateful I am and will always be.
-Aída Gliksman de Shor