Where Did We Come From, Kate Collins?

October 1, 2017

Dear Kate,

We want to know where we came from. And no, we’re not asking for a lesson on the birds and the bees.


Abby, Marco, Lottie, Grace, Maureen, Jillian, Tara

Well, gang, here’s the thing. Each of you came from a story in my head. You’re not based on any living persons, although I have seen people who reminded me of some of you.

Take Abby’s able assistant Lottie, for instance. A few years back, my family and I were eating at an Italian restaurant in Chicago when our waitress bustled up and smiled a big hello. My eyes got wide when I realized this woman was Lottie! She was big boned, had a hearty laugh, a full-throated voice, and a Kentucky accent.  I glanced around the table and saw that my daughters were thinking the same thing. We mentioned this resemblance to the waitress. She gave me a look that said, Um, okaaaaaaay. Whatever.


Then there’s Tara, Abby’s niece, a miniature version of Abby. When I first tuned in to “Castle” on TV, I saw Richard Castle’s daughter and drew in my breath. Tara! Granted, this actress is a bit older and more sophisticated, but she has that same fresh-faced innocence, spunky attitude, and red hair.

Then we have the ever-sexy Marco, who sprang fully-developed from my imagination, a composite of the guy every woman wants for herself. Hubba-hubba! Sadly, I’ve spotted only a few Marcos, but not in this country. One was in Greece, one in Italy. I’m still waiting for one to appear here. There are a few actors who come close to the hunk I imagine, but I won’t say who. Better to let you imagine your own Marco.

As for the rest of the gang, I haven’t seen any doubles yet. But I’m sure they are out there. Somewhere is an elegant 60 something Brit loaded with common sense. Somewhere is a wacky schoolteacher/artist mother who sincerely believes her odd works of art will help Abby’s profits at Bloomers. Somewhere is a tall, willowy, vain, copper-headed Jillian, Abby’s cousin and thorn-in-her-side. And let’s not forget Sgt. Reilly, a nice-looking, tall but not thin, brown-haired, average-looking guy, the cop you’d want responding to your call.

If you’ve seen anyone matching their descriptions, let me know.

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