I was born on the middle day of the year! My earliest memory is when I was in my nursery, during my first year of life, in my crib in Charlottesville, VA. I'm not sure at what age I was potty trained. Does that matter? At age six, my picture was in The Daily Progress because I read the most books in my hometown that summer. By age 9, I was the eldest of seven siblings, six girls and one boy. Three months after my youngest sister was born that June, she died during open heart surgery at UVA. At age ten, I was reading on college level. I made straight As in fourth, seventh and twelfth grades. Until age 13, I was in love with the whole world and thought the whole world was also in love with me. I was the only swimmer on my entire team, The Crozet Village Club, to place first in the championship meet the summer I turned 13. That year, my self-esteem plummeted to the basement. I gave my heart to Jesus in a stone Catholic chapel in Farmville, VA, while a student at Longwood College. My four children are my magnum opus: twin sons Joseph Linden and Adam Edward, Hannah Rose and Laurel Emmaline.