On Friday, October 23rd, 2009, I (Crick) received a cryptic email at work from Pat Dawson Lauder simply asking if I was the John Leavitt who grew up in Rowayton. I was thrilled. Within minutes I replied saying “YES” giving Pat our personal home email address, and signing the email with “Cricky” (Pat later said this brought a grin to her face). In exchanging our first emails, I agreed to let her call me “Cricky” if I could call her “Patty”.
We started to ask each other about the whereabouts of other Rowayton kids. We emailed Brooke Maury to ask if she had Connie Henry’s email. Thus, we became three and then four, and now twelve 44 days later … and hundreds of viral emails later.
These exchanges have changed our lives. All of a sudden we are friends again after a hiatus of about 50 years. Our exchanges have jogged our memories with thoughts and impressions of our childhood.
Through this website we hope to find others and continue our exchanges.
We have discovered that there is a lasting bond that developed during our years of innocence. This explains the joy that I felt when Patty first contacted me, and that we have felt with each new re-acquaintance.
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