“When I grow up I’m going to find out everything about everybody and put it all in a book.”
Friday, February 13, 2009
Office Sunshine Girl
I am the self-appointed Office Sunshine Girl at the Rumford Falls Times, where I work (as I have been at every place I've worked since I was 19 years old and started giving out homemade holiday goodies at Bob's Corner Store). This means I get to make all the birthday cakes, and for our managing editor's 50th, I decided to make a special "good news only" edition of the paper. My frosting hand isn't as steady as it used to be, but, all the same, everyone seemed mightily impressed.
I share a birthday with Dr. Seuss. I am exactly one week older than Barbie, and much more sensibly shaped. My “spiritual home” is a musty, dusty, ramshackle family camp on a lake. I have spent every single summer of my life there, starting when I was three months old. I am so lucky. I married my second husband one day shy of eight weeks from our first date. We have four kids—one his, two mine, one ours, all grown up (more or less). It took me 31 years to earn a BA. I cook from scratch. I have had the same best friend since the second day of second grade. I love Kris Kristofferson, Stephen Colbert, and Jason Varitek. I miss Paul Newman, Johnny Cash, and my mom.