The story began in 1968 when my husband, Jeff saw the movie Orféo Negro/Black Orpheus. Jeff was in California at the time…and I was in New York. We would not meet until eight years later.
Jeff lived in Seattle. I moved there and finished graduate school in engineering. I began a career as an environmental engineer specializing in water quality and hydrology. We married in our friends’ backyard. I had flowers in my hair and my older sister made my bridesmaids’ dresses. We have lived in the same house in Seattle since 1979 – we brought our two children home from the hospital there and they both went off to college from there. Now 35 years later, we live in Brazil, while young friends – graduate students themselves – look after our house.