That’s me in the middle, looking my nerdiest self. The Levittown Exchange Club honored the top three students from the four area high schools by having one student at every monthly meeting. I got a beautiful corsage, a certificate and my picture in the local paper. That’s my mom and dad with me, being all proud. The man to the top left was my high school principal and the other gentleman was a representative of the exchange.
I was and still am a nerd. Not a bad thing. I got good grades, played the bassoon, and was a jock. That got me a scholarship to Villanova and that was one of the best experiences of my life.
My one big desire as I finished high school was to write a book, but my immigrant parents had other ideas for me, namely, some kind of profession like a doctor or a lawyer.
Well, I did get my law degree and I’m thankful my mom pushed me to that because it’s made a big difference in my family’s life. But during all that time, the dream of being a writer never died.
After the birth of my daughter, I decided I had to do something to follow that dream. I had to do it for me and I had to do it for her because I wanted to show her that if you work hard enough, you can attain your dreams.
So I managed to do that and I think I did instill in my daughter that drive. I’m so proud of her taking a chance on buying the surf and skate shop and also, that like her mom, she wanted to write a book and she did! It was a great pleasure for me to edit and read FOLLOWING JANE and see such promise in her.
I hope you enjoyed today’s Throwback Thursday photo and thoughts.