Chapter 1 : Life and Love

Laura’s Story 1975

        Some cultures believe we have many lifetimes, but only one life mate. If we don’t meet that same love in every in-carnation, we have doomed to years of misery for our stay on earth.

        It’s a sweet and romantic thought, based on wish fulfillment perhaps – the knight in shining armor, the prince on the white horse. Both are time-honored fantasies, but not for me. I believe with all my heart that John and I were destined to be together. Call it fate, call it karma. I only know that we came from opposite sides of the country and from different backgrounds to meet and fall in love.

        I was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, where I lived until I was 16 years old. Much of my time was spent with my younger sisters, Louise and Tracey, and my older brother, William. Circumstances made us much closer than most siblings.

        I attended Erasmus High School, but moved away before graduation. I don’t think anyone who went to Erasmus at that time would remember me. I was tall, thin, and shy, and preferred to remain in the background, although I loved to sing with my sister Louise.

        My early life was difficult. I will not go into details, but I left Brooklyn with relatives and lived for a while in Maryland. I finished high school there and somehow found the courage to try out for the senior class play “Brigadoon.” When I won the leading role, my lifelong shyness exited through the stage door. (To be Continued…)

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