Today I sat down to have my morning coffee and a piece of toast spread with something I haven't had in 30 years- Nutella. When I was a little girl at Davis Thayer School in Franklin, MA I would bring fluffernutter sandwiches to school. What could be better? One day I met this little girl who was grinning from ear to ear and when she spoke she sounded a little different from all the other kids- like she came from somewhere far away. She asked me if we could trade sandwiches. She said that hers was wonderful- very very good- but she was just getting a little tired of having "chocolate" sandwiches every day! Can you imagine that? I couldn't believe it! First- how did I not know that these chocolate sandwiches existed and secondly- how could any kid not want a chocolate sandwich!! Needless to say I was more than happy to make the switch and from that day on we were friends. Even though I didn't share any of the same classes with her once we were in high school, we met up again one day on the train platform in Boston when she was going to school to be a pharmacist. It's funny because I had taken that path myself- I worked in pharmacy for a long time and then went into research working at the Farber. I was so saddened to learn that she had passed away so young. She was such a beautiful person- inside and out. She had the biggest smile of anyone I ever knew. ((((Za)))) Years have gone by but today I couldn't help but think of her while sitting here enjoying my "chocolate" sandwich. I decided to Google her name and found this site. I'm so glad that I did. Turns out that I just happen to know someone who needs this information right now. Thank you so much!
-Maureen Lepak, 6/24/2010