Tuesday, June 10, 2008
That's a wrap!
Today was the last interview and it was a good one. Josh and I, along with our newest intern Andy, drove to Groveland, Massachusetts, to the lovely home of C. Gale Perkins, a former patient at the Lakeville Sanatorium. Her self-published book, The Baby's Cross, is an interesting account of her childhood spent at the "San," as she called it.
The highlights of the interview:
She told us a great story about her first kiss, with a fellow patient named Bernie, at age 12, whom she would later meet again, years and years later, after publishing her memoir.
She had numerous spinal "fusions," to rid her of the tuberculosis that had infected her bones, operations that would leave her young body in a full body cast for three years.
And she told us about how doctors told her she wouldn't live past 16 years old, yet here she was in front of us, living and breathing, laughing and tearing up, some six decades after leaving that sanatorium.
A great woman. Maybe we saved the best for last.