Thursday, December 11, 2003

My grandfather's cousin Vera died last week, 3 days before her 90th birthday. I never knew her. She was, according to my great uncle Frank (whom I have never met either), vivacious, amiable, and had "no patience for fools." Living through heartbreak, wars, and the ups and downs of being a scholar, Vera Bolgar lived a full life. Did I mention that she was pals with Ruth Bader Ginsburg? I don't know why I feel so sad, hearing about the death of a woman I never met. Frank's positive remarks only furthers my belief that my father's side of the family runs to strong personalities, full schedules, and scholastic success.

I go home tomorrow. I'll be in my bed in 27 hours or so.

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