This is fantastic. Thanks, Laura! And Nancy, you sound like a remarkable person -- I can't even imagine having gone through this and not being even a little bitter.
Incidentally, non-rowing people, Vespoli is the bomb: "my father started his own company building boats" more or less = "my great-grandfather Henry Ford founded a car company."
This is so incredibly sweet, and Esther has so much goodwill built up, that it even warmed the tiny black chip of flint in my heart space.
Creativity works on its own calendar, and I hope yours and the Hairpin's sync up again soon. Happy Valentine's Day/Eve of Half-Price Candy Day!
@HereKitty That was more of a "hey, you're not from VERMONT, are you?" comment, mostly because the tags absolutely slayed me. Good to know, though!
That last sentence suggests that Cruella de Vil is a Hairpin commenter, which ... might be interesting, actually. Maybe she could write a guest post!
Emma! Where ya from?
@nessy Coffee does that also, without smelling like old lady. (Not picking on you! I just really hate rosewater. It sounds so elegant and ladylike, and then ...)
This is wonderful and hilarious; thank you both for your public service. Gastrointestinally, this is probably as close as you can come to actually taking a bullet. Plus, your kitchen smells like someone's grandmother's powder room! (HATE rosewater.)
@meatcute "What did you do, you two-legged monster? She's our Mom, too!"
Eagerly awaiting the next appearance of the IS JANE HU MARTHA STEWART??? tag. Seriously.
@Emma Carmichael Thank you very much. I have died of happiness and am now a ghost who will, of course, be following Martha Stewart around.
<3 you, Hairpin!