someone from my sister stacy's past sent the following email about my mother.
"I don't know if you will remember me. We went to Offense Defense Tennis Camp together ( think Sergio Mendes song, "Never Gonna Let You Go ") I remember having a blast with you and Lainie. You roomed across the hall from me. You guys were so fun. I remember you gave me my first pair of Guess jeans. We also had a crush on the tennis coach Darren (who I heard died soon after camp from a brain tumor.)
Then I remember your Sweet Sixteen. Lol. Let me set the scene.....formal and lovely event in your home. Debbie from Jericho in a gorgeous black taffeta gown. My mom makes the executive decision to send me in a white cotton sailor top and short matching skirt that G-D knows she probably bought at Lohmans. I showed up looking like a prepubescent reject. Your mom spots me...and being the wonderful woman she was...takes total pity on me. She could tell I was mortified. She sent me upstairs with your sister to look at the Cabbage Patch dolls you guys got. (Ps...you had the first one I ever saw 😉 Anyway..she coaxed me back down into the party and winked at me periodically. I finally was able to enjoy the Weathergirls. Still think of your party when I hear It's Raining Men. I left your house thinking she and Jackie O hung the moon.
Fast forward... I read about your moms passing. I felt like a sledgehammer caught me in the ribs. I know.. this is so weird. Why is some person from 24 years in your past feeling so connected? It was the gift you shared with your mom. A compassion that I still remember. I want you to know... to this day...when my kids have friends come over- I always can spot the odd man out. The one who feels like a loser. I immediately jump into Bunny K. mode.
I want to express my sadness to you and your great family. I want you to know that on that evening of entertaining so many and kvelling about you....your mom made room for me. Your mom gave me the attention, compassion and confidence I needed.
I know the fact that I never forgot about you is a testament to the fact that she raised you within her shadow. You both cast the same light and shape. I will never forget her."
later i'll post pictures of alexis and me during yesterday's photo shoot...
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