Selina’s Story

“One should not pursue goals that are easily achieved. One must develop an instinct for what one can just barely achieve through one’s greatest efforts” – Albert Einstein

I remembered everything about Selina. Selina is now is 86 years old. She immigrated to the United States with her parents in 1939, when she was only nine years old. They lived in Brooklyn, New York City and had a shop below their apartment. Selina was a gifted, brilliant student. She graduated from high school a national scholar with honors and was admitted to Harvard, to an exceptional combined MD/Ph.D. program. Selina married her high school sweet heart Mike, who worked at Harvard stadium. They struggled financially throughout their studies at Harvard. In her late 20s, Selina became a faculty member at Harvard. I remember meeting Adia, Selina and Mike’s aidopted daughter a beautiful little girl from I. All dia  chose to become a nurse. Adia met Eurice at the hospital where she worked. Eurice was from Colombia and was a resident physician at the hospital. Adia and Eurice got married and had a daughter; they named her Isabella, Bella for short. Isabella was gorgeous, Selina and Mike’s only grandchild and nicknamed her Bella. Then Selina and Mike wanted Bella, Adia, and Eurice to live with them. As I recall, that was working out beautifully. I used to meet Selina whenever I had to go to Boston for job-related meetings. That was about 30 or 35 years ago.


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