By Sercy Mayer, as told to Cindy Washabaugh
I got married and moved to the Buckeye neighborhood from St. Louis, Missouri, where I’d lived with my older brother. I was just 19 years old. It didn’t take long for me to make friends with my neighbors, but I waited a long time for my sweet daughter to come along. When the time was right, my husband took me up to Saint Luke’s Hospital. I can still remember climbing the stairs and the bright lights when we opened the doors. Debbie was born September 26, 1962. I was 38 years old. Her father’s face lit up so when he first looked at her--I never saw him so happy.
Sercy Mayer is an active member of the Senior Wisdom Keepers group at East End Neighborhood House, where she attended a Who We Are, Where We Live workshop. She still lives in the Buckeye neighborhood. Historic Saint Luke's Hospital, where Sercy’s daughter was born, was founded in 1894. After many births and rebirths, it has become Saint Luke’s Manor Senior Community.
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Who We Are, Where We Live is a free community writing program giving voice to people who live and work in the Buckeye/Shaker community. Participants write stories, learn about their neighborhood, and share with their neighbors. Annually, selected writings are published here in an online anthology and presented at a final reading and celebration.