I was born and grew up in Milford, Connecticut, where my older sister and I cared for chickens, dogs, rabbits, ducks, and a large vegetable garden. I played make believe games with my sister and friends, created cards and crafts, fished with my father, swam and ice skated on nearby ponds, and read a lot.
I loved school, and sometimes we “played school” in the summer. I often biked two miles to the town library to check out as many books as would fit in my basket. In between chores, I climbed an old backyard apple tree to read in the shade.