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30 Years Since High School
A Message to my 1977 classmates at Elizabeth Seton High School

December 14, 2007

My graduating class at Elizabeth Seton High School in Bladensburg, Maryland recently had their 30 year reunion.  I was not able to attend but posted a message about what I'd been doing the last thirty years.  The message is below this picture of me at age 17 taken while visiting my brother Mickey in Sacramento the summer before I graduated.  

Not much change in the face, but whoever advised me on my hair-style back then should be shot.

 

TO MY FRIENDS AT ESHS .....

So sorry I wasn't able to make it to the reunion. I remember the time I spent at Seton as being happy and memorable, though I've lost track of my closest friends there.

I married my Iranian boyfriend in 1977, two months after graduation. We had two little boys, Dominic and Daniel, within four years. When I was 24 and pregnant with my daughter, Lara, my husband left us. I eventually made my financial way by being a Tupperware dealer and manager. I found many Seton acquaintances in those years showing up at Tupperware parties in the Baltimore / Washington area. I became successful and eventually owned the Tupperware distribution franchise on Sunnyside Avenue in Beltsville.

In 1988 I married Andy Santi. He adopted my children and we settled in Howard County. Sadly, Andy became ill and died.  The children and once again figured things out and found a new path.

I sold the Tupperware franchise and bought a Catholic publishing house working as a publisher of books and music for seven years. During that time I met Dan Burgoyne, an Iron-worker turned floral designer from the backwoods of Maine (another story for another day), and married him in 1999. Dan's three children and my three children comprise our blended family, and we’re happy and dysfunctional as most families are. All our children are grown now. We have five grandchildren and number six is due next month.

I was going to begin this post by responding to the “marital status” question with ….. divorced, widowed, married … or married three times, every eleven years – 1977, 1988, and 1999. But I figured a little background might quell the misguided curiosity of those who didn’t know me very well.

Dan and I moved to Maryland's Eastern Shore five years ago when our youngest child - Lara graduated from Mount DeSales in Baltimore. She is now 23, married and working in Salisbury as an esthetician (someone who rips out you facial hair and commits other semi-violent acts to make women beautiful).

Currently, I work for the State of Maryland’s Department of Business and Economic Development supporting economic development initiatives on the Eastern Shore. I am also a writer recently finishing my second book for Arcadia Publishing on small towns in Maryland. I run four blog sites and am currently working on a book about holy / sacred sites in Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England. Hopefully, it will be published next year.

If any of you find yourself traveling down Route 50 towards the Atlantic beaches and you'd like to explore the hidden Eastern Shore – restaurants, museums, heritage sites and fun places we don’t tell the tourists about- please email me. Our kids are grown; we live in a town with fewer than 700 people 22 miles from the Super Wal-Mart.

Basically - we have no life other than our jobs ...and ... we love visitors. We’ll catch up and get reacquainted.

 

   

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