FROM THE TIME WE BROUGHT CINDY HOME FROM THE HOSPITAL, IT WAS
APPARENT THAT BOTH ME AND JOEY HAD A NEW SPECIAL FRIEND.  SHE
ALWAYS WANTED TO BE INVOLVED IN HER BROTHERS' ADVENTURES AND
WAS THE HAPPIEST OF LITTLE GIRLS, PLAYING WITH OUR TWO DOGS,
BAMBI AND SPUNKY, PLAYING ON THE TRAIL WE BUILT NEXT TO THE
HOUSE.  OH, HOW SHE LOVED CATERPILLARS! SHE WOULD COLLECT
THEM AND BUILD THEM HOMES..  TOGETHER WE WERE ALWAYS READY
FOR A BIG ADVENTURE..  WE  FORMED "THE EXPLORER'S CLUB" AND "THE
SPY CLUB" AND OUR DAD BUILT US A FORT IN THE WOODS TO HOLD OUR
SECRET MEETINGS. WE'LL NEVER FORGET CINDY'S STUFFED  ANIMAL
COLLECTION, WHICH MUST HAVE NUMBERED IN THE HUNDREDS.  I
ALWAYS CONVINCED HER THAT THE STUFFED ANIMAL WOULD BE SAD
AND LONELY IF SHE DIDN'T BUY IT.  "TAKE ME HOME" HE'D SQUEAK AS
SHE WALKED BY THE FUZZY DOG.  SHE JUST MELTED AND BEGGED HER
MOTHER TO BUY IT.

IT WASN'T ALL FUN AND GAMES;  ME AND MY BROTHER JOEY  LOVED TO
TEASE OUR BABY SISTER.  A FAVORITE PRANK OF OURS  WAS TO MAKE
HER DOLLS MOVE BY PULLING STRINGS THAT WE SECRETLY ATTACHED
TO THEM.  ONE TIME I CONVINCED HER  THAT THE MOON PEOPLE LIVED
IN THE HALLWAY CLOSET.  THEN THERE WERE "THE TIGGERS."  WE BOTH
HAD A  DUPLICATE STUFFED ANIMAL TIGGER 1 AND TIGGER 2 ".  MY
TIGGER WAS IN PERFECT CONDITION, WHICH I LIKED TO BRAG ABOUT.  
CINDY'S  TIGGER WAS REALLY IN SAD SHAPE, BECAUSE I LOVED TO
TORTURE HER  TIGGER, HANGING IT FROM THE TREES AND THREATENING
ALL SORTS OF HORRIBLE THINGS.

AS SHE GREW TO BE A TEENAGER, AND WHEN WE MOVED TO
PENNSYLVANIA, SHE WAS NO LONGER EASILY INTIMIDATED, BY
ANYONE.  NOW IT WAS "GET EVEN TIME".  SHE WOULD PRETEND I  WAS
ONCE AGAIN TEASING HER, THOUGH I  WAS NOT.  SHE WOULD SCREAM
TO ME, "OUCH, OUCH, DADDY..RICHIE KEEPS HITTING ME."  OF COURSE
MY DAD  DID NOT KNOW WHAT TO BELIEVE, BUT AT THIS TIME, SHE WAS
CONVINCING.  IT WAS ALSO AT THIS TIME THAT SHE AND ALL OF HER
GIRLFRIENDS DECIIDED TO ACT LIKE THE TEENAGERS THEY WERE AND
SEE HOW MUCH FUN YOU COULD PACK IN TO EACH AND EVERY DAY.  
NOW I  STOPPED THE TEASING AND BEGAN THE WORRYING.  I DID NOT
KNOW HOW TO DEAL WITH THE NOTION OF GUYS AND PARTIES, AND
SKIPPING CLASS.

THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT CINDY  SANG THE LINE, "GIRLS JUST WANT TO
HAVE FUN," ON HER WAY TO SCHOOL.  BUT AS WE ARE ALL AWARE, HER
DEFINITION OF FUN ALSO INVOLVED A PASSION FOR LEARNING.  FROM
AN EARLY AGE SHE WAS PLACED INTO GIFTED CLASSES.  USUALLY BORED
WITH MOST REGULAR ACADEMIC STUDIES, SHE HAD TO BE RIGOROUSLY
INVENTIVE TO APPEASE HER APPETITE FOR KNOWLEDGE, CENTERED
AROUND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES AND LATER A MATH/SCIENCE
DEGREE.  SHE ATTENDED THREE COLLEGES IN THIS PURSUIT, WHILE
WORKING THE ENTIRE TIME.  HOW MANY OF HER FRIENDS WOULD SAY
THAT THEY NEVER UNDERSTOOD HOW SHE SCORED SO WELL ON ALL OF
HER TESTS, YET NEVER HAD TO STUDY.  I BELIEVE THERE WASN'T A
MOMENT FROM HER  LIFE, IN WHICH SHE WASN'T TAKING NOTES IN HER
HEAD. ALL OF HER LIFE EXPERIENCE WAS A LABORATORY EXPERIMENT
WHERE SHE LOVED TO BE.  SIMPLY PUT, SHE LOVED LIFE AND WANTED TO
UNDERSTAND THE SCIENCE BEHIND IT.

RICHIE NEVER STOPPED WORRYING ABOUT HIS FEARLESS SISTER, BUT HE
GREW TO RESPECT HER CONFIDENCE, SOMETHING SHE HAD A LOT OF.  
SHE OPENED HIS EYES TO HIS OWN POTENTIAL, WHERE THERE WAS NO
ROOM FOR HIS NEGATIVITY.  SHE COULD HEAL ANY WOUND, COMFORT
ANY STRESS, AND MAKE YOU FEEL LIKE YOU WERE INVINCIBLE.  SHE
INTRODUCED RICHIE TO THE LOVE OF HIS LIFE, SOMETHING THAT
CHANGED HIM  FOREVER.  AS A FAMILY, WE ADMIRED  HER ABILITY TO
THRIVE UNDER ANY CONDITIONS.  HER MOTHER ALSO LOVED WHEN SHE
HAD TO COME TO HER WITH QUESTIONS LIKE, "MOM, DO YOU HAVE A
GOOD MEAT LOAF RECIPE, OR HOW LONG SHOULD FISH FILLETS  COOK.  
DO YOU KNOW HOW TO MAKE BEEF STROGANOFF?"  BUT EVEN HER
MOTHER ACKNOWLEDGES CINDY  WAS THE MATRIARCH, WISE BEYOND
HER YEARS, BUT NEVER LOSING TOUCH WITH THAT LITTLE GIRL INSIDE
HER.  THE FRIENDSHIPS SHE FORGED AS A TEENAGER ONLY GREW
STRONGER WITH THE YEARS.  HER  HUSBAND TOMAS, PUT IT BEST WHEN
HE WROTE: WE WERE REALLY HAPPY AND I LOVE CINDY  MORE THAN
ANYTHING IN THIS WORLD. SHE WAS WONDERFUL. THERE ARE NO
WORDS TO EXPLAIN WHAT KIND OF PERSON SHE WAS. SHE WAS
EVERYTHING FOR ME. SHE WAS A WIFE, A GIRLFRIEND, A FRIEND, A
PARTNER, A TEACHER? ANYTHING YOU COULD IMAGINE.

Richard A. Deuel
New York, NY