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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.