Monday, August 15, 2011

By: Wahokia

Aug 16 2011

Category: Fairfax, Va.

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The first day I walked into George Washington University … in 1972 … a young woman named Letitia Jew greeted me … she became my student assistant for the next two years … and a good friend for the nine years I worked in and around Washington, D.C. … I don’t know how I would have fared that first year at GW without her … she had assisted my predecessor … and saved me immeasurable  trauma … keeping me off roads I didn’t need to travel … she was bright … if not valedictorian of her class … close … she went on to earn a masters in library science … and work for the Library of Congress for 35 years … later … when I was researching a book … she would take me into the stacks and show me treasures … to hold a first edition of Darwin’s “Origin of Species” was an incredible experience … for a biologist … she married … became a mother … and died too young … I was talking about her yesterday … telling a story … Googled her name to see if I could find her … instead … found the announcement of her death … and funeral … today … I drove up to Fairfax … to attend … to say goodbye … to hear of the life she had carved over the years since I’d last seen her … to learn that her daughter has her laugh … to see the crowd that gathered to send her off … to grieve a bit … and rejoice … no one knew me … which was fine … I didn’t need to be known … this was for me … and in an odd sense … for Letitia … goodbye, friend.

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