It's been a week since I announced this site to the world, and already it's had more than 300 visitors.
Many of the visitors go to the "About Martha Corey-Ochoa" page, making me realize there is an interest in who she was as well as what she wrote. Here are a few facts about Martha that most people don't know:
- She died within three miles of the place where she was born, on Manhattan's West Side. She was born at Roosevelt Hospital and died across the street from St. Luke's Hospital.
- Her favorite toy was a stuffed dog whom we put in her bassinet and to whom she remained loyal from infancy to college. At first we called the animal Sad Dog, but she renamed him Happy Dog, and changed him from a him to a her. Happy Dog went through various name changes until Martha settled on calling her Tinkybella, whom, Martha declared, was not a dog but a fairy.
- She learned to read at age three.
- She avoided calculators, preferring to do the math in her head.
- Martha never had a cavity. She went to her grave with perfect teeth.
- Until Martha was eleven, my wife and I both worked at home as freelance writers, so we were able to perform all her care personally. We divided the day into shifts: Melinda might have the morning shift with Martha, I would have the afternoon shift, then Melinda the evening shift. The next day we reversed the schedule, and I would have the morning shift, and so on. We did this because neither of us wanted to give up the pleasure of Martha's company.
- Martha acted in several summer camp musicals, but never got a leading role. Her biggest part was Cogswell the clock in Beauty and the Beast. She triumphed in it.
- After 9/11, Martha discovered patriotism, and the seven-year-old girl would march around the house after dinner, waving a little American flag and singing the national anthem. She knew all four verses of it.
- Melinda had a difficult delivery, and Martha had to be born in an emergency C-section, which I witnessed. I glimpsed her being carried from Melinda's body to a sort of tray, and then I walked up close to the tray. She was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen, and I instantly loved her more than anyone I had ever loved. I have not stopped loving her since. --George Ochoa