Guest Name, Cynthia Saarie

Cynthia Saarie
Cynthia Saarie
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Born in Syracuse,  NY  on March 23, 1958 to a father that was a drill Instructor in the Marines for WW2 and the Korean War and built houses when I was very young, and switched inside to the Postal Service. He started there as a custodian, but they realized his electrical abilities and sent him to school in OK. He is the one responsible for me even ever considering looking to be hired there. The Post Office was not on my radar. My mother was a nurse at a local hospital. She was an LPN, not a RN. She was part-time and although she worked at least 40 hours a week, when she retired, she received no pension. Coming from a two working parent family, my mother worked nights and my dad worked days. I was the oldest of three girls born. I always felt bad for my dad living in a house with four women and only one bathroom!  I took dance lessons, piano lessons and gymnastic lessons. I had balance and I'm short. Two necessary components to being a great gymnast. I took second place in NYS in my 9th grade. I was told I would own a full scholarship in gymnastics to LSU, who had the premier women's gymnastics team if I continued my emerging talent. I broke my right arm one night in 10th grade at a parental open house. There went my dreams. There was no scholarship. No hope for the 1980 Olympics. (those Summer Olympics were boycotted in Russia) I was victim to poor hospital practices and received a Mersa infection in my arm which ate away more than three inches of bone. People had to keep me isolated, masks, gloves and gowns. No one from my school would come to tutor me. Is was not the law back then, in 1974, to send someone to teach those in a hospital. Any hope of excelling in education escaped me. I graduated with a C- average, and that was only due my sheer determination to graduate. I continued singing, which besides art classes, was the only thing I could do well. I auditioned and was accepted to the America's Youth in Concert, a traveling choir 350 voices which traveled all over Europe singing. We began at Independence Mall in Philadelphia, PA on the 4th of July, 1976, on the Country's 200th year old birthday celebration.  Then on to Carnegie Hall, NYC and off to Europe. Those who were enrolled in a college that following fall received 9 college credits for their participation. I got nothing but wonderful memories. I came back to the USA with no planned future. No college, no job. My life changed drastically from that point on. TO BE CONTINUED...

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"Are You in the Will?" , by Cynthia J Eckert Saarie