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Peggy Colivas's Autobiography (submitted 5/16/06)

I grew up in an Irish Catholic family, the oldest of four kids. I went through twelve years of Catholic School and then a rather circuitous path of six colleges over eight years. I had many the odd job through school: waitress, telephone operator, valet car parker. My parents worried that I would never find my niche. I finally became a nurse in 1987, and a year later joined a travel agency. My first assignment was Hawaii, with a layover in San Francisco. I met my future husband in the San Francisco airport the day I left Philly. We lived in Hawaii for a couple of years, then relocated to Northern California. I spent thirteen years there and finally decided to come back home the summer of 2003. I drove cross-country with the three kids, ages three, nine and eleven, minus the husband. Nine days and fourteen states later we were back in Drexel Hill. We had the greatest trip of our lives, and really got to trust and believe in each other. There is no place like home and no better place to raise kids than near your family. I miss my Dad the most--he died from ALS in 2003. My Mom has stepped up to the plate and helps me in countless ways. Your parents really help you become the person that you are meant to be. I thank God for them and that my nursing career took me as far as I wanted to go. Some days I miss California, but there's a whole different feel to East Coast life and the people here. It's great to be raising a family in my old home town.

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