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Remembering Karma

Dear Bobby,

Your Mother used to have a crush on Pee-Wee Herman. She was kind-of twisted in that way. She also used to have a crush on the lead singer for the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. A boy she liked in high school was named Kregg Snyder. He and Karma kind-of had an on-again-off-again fling type of relationship. This Kregg guy had another girlfriend who he refused to completely break it off with for Karma. I believe her name was Heather and she also went to South Side High School in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. Karma was obsessed with Kregg for many years and would frequently have dreams about him, even up until you were born. I think your Mother wanted a sense of closure with Kregg and never got it. That's why she used to have dreams about him.

She also used to date a guy named Keith George who graduated from Bishop Luers in 1988 (a Catholic High School in Ft. Wayne, Indiana). He once told me that he wanted to marry her but their relationship ended after a few months.

Karma also dated a man from the middle east named Marwan. (Not sure of spelling, will ask Beth Belot Motyka because she knew him too.) This was after high school during her brief college experience at Indiana University - Purdue University at Ft. Wayne).

Karma was a drama queen, not in a bad sense, but in a fun, hyperbolic sense. She was in the play "Grease" in High School. She didn't play a big part but should have because she was enormously talented and loved to sing. She was sarcastic and had a warped and morbid sense of humor. She loved horror movies and science fiction movies. She loved to read. She loved Anne Rice books and all the Harry Potter books. She watched cartoons well into her teenage years. I used to make fun of her for liking a kid's muppet-type show called "Fraggle Rock."

She used to watch disturbing movies with your Grandpa Larry Joseph Curtis, like "Eraserhead."

The last musical artist I recall her mentioning before she died were Keane and Beth Orton. She also liked Nora Jones and especially loved Aretha Franklin. And Nick Drake.

EDIT Feb. 4 2012

I found Kregg Snyder on facebook recently and he said this about Karma:

We had a flirty relationship. We would sneak off and kiss or a butt pinch here or there. We (me and a few band friends) Used to moo in the hall way to tease her till she got mad and scratched me. I still have that little scare on my arm from her. She had a great sense of humor but she didn't mess around when she got mad. She had the most beautiful eyes I think I have ever seen. I still can see them when I close my eyes. She always made me smile. I remember her having a party and we were kissing in her bedroom and the guys busted in on us. She pushed one of the guys down the stairs for coming in on us......I really miss her.....

I told Kregg about you, Bobby, and he said to tell you that if you ever want to look him up, he would tell you more about Karma. I hope someday your dad will tell you all about her.



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Nov. 8th, 2005 03:50 pm (UTC)
Thanks Doro, keep going as far as you can (throw in a little fiction now and then to make it pop). Now we will need to grab snippets of the cultural material you mentions such as Pe-wee Herman and Eraserhead to show Bobby as he grows. Oh wait, do we need to warp yet another unsuspecting human being?
Lave you girl!
Nov. 8th, 2005 09:28 pm (UTC)
I would like for you and Mom and Cathy to add your memories in the comment sections of my posts of Karma Memories. Anything random thing you can remember. Just a simple sentence or two every time I post a Karma memory will suffice. Or write as much as you want. Just please comment with a memory of Karma, so we can all remember.

I'm going to do more Karma memories. These posts are only visible to you, mom and Cathy when you log in. If you don't log in, you will not see these restricted posts, so please remember to log in everytime you go to LiveJournal.

This writing is just note taking. The pop will come later. For now I just need to remember.
Nov. 9th, 2005 01:42 am (UTC)

Yes, we do need to warp Bobby's mind. You know that's what Karma would want.
Nov. 9th, 2005 02:07 pm (UTC)
Dear Bobby,

I remember how much your mother, Karma, loved you. All she ever wanted to do was to grow up, get married and have a baby. Karma was a good baby, just like you. Her hair was a challenge because it seemed to have a mind of it's own, jusst like your's. Her hair was usually worn long. The natural curl created a challenge when brushing it.

Karma once rode her triclyle several blocks all alone to get to the school playground. I was frantic with worry when she disappeared but her father knew right where to look. He brought her home safe and sound. I had called the police and all the neighborhood kids were helping us look for her! Karma knew the way to the school because every afternoon I would ride my bike with Karma buckled in a special baby seat and Coreen (Dorothea, your Aunt Bean) riding on the actual seat. I would stand up the entire way to the school.

There are lots more memories but this is a very good start, I think. Thanks, Aunt Bean for asking us to remember.

I love you with all my heart and all my soul!

Nov. 10th, 2005 02:03 am (UTC)
Thanks Mom, I, too, remember when she went missing. I remember running around the neighborhood with the other kids, hollering for her until my throat was sore. I was hoping I would be the one to find her so I could be the hero.

If I remember correctly, Dad wasn't home when she first went missing, but when he came home, her drove to the Union School playground (In Beleville) and found Karma playing on the monkey bars (or was she swinging?) I seem to remember that she had taken off her shoes at the playground. We were all so worried. I'm surprised I didn't try to "disappear" the next day, so I could get the same attention and joyous reunion that Karma got!
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