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Date Posted: 21:52:04 02/06/09 Fri
Author: Joanna Whittemore (D'Andrea)
Subject: Hello from Joanna W.

In the middle of a math lesson this week, I heard my cell phone ringing in my coat pocket in the closet! Turns out, it was Diana eager to let me know about the WHS website and urging me to “get on line”! Easier said than done with 20 3rd and 4th graders wondering about the next step in multiplication! In any event, I’ve been just as excited as she was rediscovering our Westborough connections! On my “Getting to Know You “board at the start up of school each September, I have a birthday photo from my days in elementary school with a whole bevy of girls smiling arm-in-arm for the camera!
Many thanks to Ruth for all her effort in getting this set up!
Vinnie was the only boy I dated from Westborough because Diana and I had gone away to school. The summer after I graduated, Vinnie called the house and asked me out…I was so flattered that he had called after all that time! I went off to college in Boston and then my father died, and I don’t remember whether we stayed connected after that…that year was emotionally charged, to say the least. I was, however, very fond of him and terribly saddened when I learned of his death in Viet Nam. I had mentioned his name many times over the years as my own two sons asked about the sixties and the War. When my younger son went to Washington DC with his 8th grade class trip, he visited the Wall. He couldn’t remember the name of my friend from Westborough, but he knew the name was “something like Vivian Leigh” (the actress who played in Gone with the Wind) a book he remembered that his mother had liked as a teenager. This circuitous series of connections led to a couple of hours of searching with one of the guides at the Wall until he found Vinnie’s name on the Wall. His gift to me from his 8th grade trip to Washington, DC was a rubbing of Vinnie’s name from the Wall.

Looking forward to hearing from old friends and staying connected. More later.

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[> Re: Hello from Joanna W. -- Judi Grey Smith, 14:55:58 02/13/09 Fri [1]

This is the sweetest story about your son & Vinnie Lee's wall rubbing. Thank you for sharing it. It brought me to tears but alot of things bring me to tears these days.
I love being able to communicate with all of you. THANK YOU SO MUCH, Ruthie!!!!

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