Melissa McLay -- March 11, 1984 to September 22, 2002
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January 01 | Constructing the Taj Mahal
One year for Christmas, Melissa and I had each gotten a 3D puzzle. Mine was of the Eiffel Tower, and hers was of the Taj Mahal.

I had mine completed in a few weeks with little help from anyone, though Melissa would sometimes sit by me and complain while I matched pieces.

Hers was going much slower and I offered to help, relishing the challenge of the four small towers and the domed roof of the Taj Mahal. I could see she was having great difficulty with it, but she would have rather tossed hers in the fire than have me help.

On a couple of afternoons I would sit down and place a few of her pieces without her knowing. At least I thought. I had put together so much of her puzzle that she knew I was working on it against her wishes.

That was a Christmas that Damon and Dana were visiting. She asked Damon if he would help her with the Taj Mahal, and he agreed.

I sat on the couch and watched her undo all of the pieces I had placed - the entire dome and a few towers. I did nothing, but neither did she. Damon put it all back together.
Remembered by Valette | 3:43pm

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