Sample Reading: Arian read by Aganita V.
I went to high school in Monterey. Catholic school. Mom finally sent me to the nuns because I would have these little outbursts. She would find out that I was kissing little girls, you know, and she finally sent me to the sisters, figuring they could straighten me out. And here were these strong, beautiful, independent women who were not in any way attached to any man, and it was a role model that I had, you know. Women can be strong. You can be strong and still be a woman. Because I never wanted to be a woman, because look at what happens to women, for God's sakes. I mean, they're either crying because some guy has left them, or dumped them, or beat them or died. I never saw any happy women with men. It didn't occur to me. I swear to God. When I was about, I don't know, 11 years old, I told my mom that I felt like my heart was just opening and I could smell things, I could smell flowers and the trees, and I walked around like I was walking on clouds. And she said, "Oh, you're just in love." And I said, "I'm in love? This is love?" She said, "Who are you in love with?" I said, "Sharon Martin, the little girl across the street." And she had a fit. Like who did she expect me to be in love with, for God's sakes?
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Sample Reading: Lee read by Mary H.
Loie was my best best friend from the time we met when I was eleven and she was nine. We always stayed in touch and saw each other often, but forces in their lives kept us apart until we were 71 and 69. Something told me – I had a diamond and sapphire ring on my finger and I took it off and I gave it to her. I said, “Loie, I am never letting you out of my life again, as long as we both shall live.” I put it on her finger and she said, “I’m overwhelmed, because I don’t want you out of my life ever again.” I want to tell you something. I’ve had honeymoons in my day, and this, the God’s truth, was the best one of all. And it was the only one that counted, as far as I was concerned. From then on, it was just Loie and me and the whole world could go to hell. We started our lives together, we would end our lives together.