It began with 2 letters written on lavender stationery 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 with a 12-year-old girl 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.

9 months before.