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Tomorrow, March 3rd, would be my son Grey's birthday and it is hard to believe that he would be 52 if he had lived. Where does time go???!!  He was born in 1959, (I was about to turn 22) when my Naval officer husband was stationed in Key West, Florida. But...typical of a submarine officer...he was at sea when I went into labor. So I took the 12-month old first child to a neighbor and drove myself to the Naval hospital, stopping to pay my rent at the housing office en route. The baby was born a few hours later and two days after that I brought him home wearing nothing but a diaper and wrapped in a thin blanket. Let's hear it for Key West weather! The earlier child has been born in New London, Connecticut (another USN base) the previous winter and came home from the hospital through a snowstorm, bundled in blankets.

This is one of my favorite pictures of the two of them, taken at the time they turned two and one.

Alix:Grey 1960

By then we lived in South Carolina...again, a Naval assignment.

For the life of me I can't remember how I managed that incessant packing up and moving. (We moved again, to Massachusetts, when they were 3 and 2).

They were wonderful little kids: funny, smart.....but perhaps I am prejudiced?  Could it be? Moi?


Happy Birthday, Grey. We wish you were with us still.

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Michael Gettel-Gilmartin Monday, 29 November 1999

I get these spammy types of e-mail all the time, though as yet none from you inviting me to party. They usuually ask you to send money so they can release a much greater sum to you.
Since I'm of a suspicious cast of mind (am a writer, after all) I wonder if this e-mail purportedly from you, might not be a classmate's prank, rather than the work of an international huckster?

Lois Lowry Monday, 29 November 1999

Yes, I have often inherited money from exiled Nigerian royalty; and I have received email from "friends" who have lost their passports in foreign cities and need a loan to get home. This is neither of those. Nor does it sound like an adolescent prankster. It sounds like....possibly....a pedophile. And that is why I have gone to the police.

Naomi Monday, 29 November 1999

That's a lot more disturbing than the usual "you have won a foreign lottery you don't remember entering!" / "I am seeking a trustworthy individual..." / "C*#!LIS!" spam. WAY more disturbing.
(On a related topic, I know another writer, a poet, who got an e-mail this week from someone claiming that a long-time fan of her poetry had left her a bequest. She's pretty sure it's a more sophisticated version of the standard inheritance scam, but what a way to prey on an author's desire to make an impact on people!)

Michael Gettel-Gilmartin Monday, 29 November 1999

Whoever the culprit, I think, in this day and age, you have done the right thing by going to the police.

ojimenez Monday, 29 November 1999

Perhaps alerting Google would be prudent since they must be better able to track the problem.
This is not the first time I've heard of this. I've had friends and colleagues frantically sending messages alerting to a 'fake' message from them via Gmail. It appears to happen to Gmail users often. Such a nightmare... sorry you have to deal with it.

Person Who Got the Email Monday, 29 November 1999

Oh dear. This certainly caused a great fuss. I didn't know at the time, but the message was actually an April Fools prank by a classmate.

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