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  1. Mae Taylor
    August 10, 2017 @ 4:52 pm

    That was beautiful, Gerda. (Tears streaming down face.). Thanks for sending it on.
    I am halfway through your book, and it is wonderful. Last night I was laughing
    out loud at your description of blending into the high school culture. The book is a many-faceted composition: informative of the scientific aspects, hilarious about fitting in to a new culture, and soundly sensible regarding your ultimate plans, and fascinating in the descriptions of life in South Africa, which I am enjoying very much.
    I am so proud to call you my dear friend; we had some great times together. And thank you for your statement that I was your first friend in the USA; I clearly remember the day you called me, introduced yourself, and said our little girls had become friends in school, setting up a play date for them. It was the beginning of a great friendship, both for them
    and for us. I’m so pleased that your book is receiving such national acclaim; it is beautifully
    written, and a valuable contribution to society. Much love to you.


    • Gerda Saunders
      August 19, 2017 @ 8:51 pm

      Dearest Mae, Thanks for your comment telling me you were touched by Gillian and John Bennett’s story. I, too, responded to it very deeply and from the gut–it puts the reality of a chosen death into the context of family, which is of course what our family has been (and is) working through. Thanks also for your lovely commentary on my book–you shoulc be a book critic, you observe so closely and write so beautifully. Yes, you were my very first friend. Also, if it were not for your help, I would likely not have managed to apply to the U of U. So you changed my life in many ways, and so did Hilary for Marissa. I so much appreciate you being in touch. I still cannot believe you came to my reading. YOu are very dear to me. Much love to you and yours as well. Gerda


  2. shen
    August 17, 2017 @ 6:05 pm

    I have no words. Only a weeping heart.


    • Gerda Saunders
      August 19, 2017 @ 8:54 pm

      Shen, you are so wonderful to always let me know what’s on your heart. I wept too about the Bennett’s story. But I know you and I are asking our family the same thing, so it’s good for me to be continually reminded what a huge gift they are willing to give me. It was so wonderful to celebrate your birthday with you last night. It was a precious evening that sits like a warm blanky around my heart. I love ou so much. I am so grateful to the universe that you are my friend! xoxox


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