University of Baltimore MFA student Ellen Hartley found her truest love affair in a most unexpected way — through an equally emotional loss.
It began with a phone call.
Ellen, I’ve got dreadful news. Helen died yesterday. It was Myra, the sister of my best friend from music camp 40 years earlier. I didn’t even know she’d been sick; over the years we’d lost touch. I knew only that she lived on Long Island and had four children. I was shocked and angry I hadn’t gotten to say goodbye.