It began with two letters written on lavender paper
and mailed with a prayer.
It began with 20 mind-numbing hours of research at the
New York Public Library at 42nd Street. (The one with the lions.)
It began when a 12-year-old girl was reading the
World Book Encyclopedia in the bathroom one evening
and there was a knock on the door.
It began before that little girl was born.
Nine months before.