Have you read this week’s Featured Story? “A Laundromat Love Story” by Sarah Fuesler, is about a woman who begins an unlikely friendship with a homeless senior citizen and discovers powerful insights about herself and the many other homeless people in her life. If you encounter homeless people on your commute, at your church’s soup kitchen, or at your Laundromat, we guarantee Sarah’s relationship with Al will strike a chord. If you haven’t read the story yet, you need to head over there right away. Then come back here, since God Makes Lemonade recently had a chance to catch up with Sarah.
GML: Where do you live?
Sarah: I currently live in a small suburb outside of Philadelphia with my parents. I transferred to Temple University this month, so I am currently on the hunt for a new apartment, preferably without a washer/dryer as I seem to get my best stories from going to Laundromats. I have a younger brother, John, who doesn’t live with us. He’s living in New Jersey because he’s a graduate student at Princeton University. So I only see him when he needs my mom to do his laundry. Kidding, he can totally do his own laundry… I think.
GML: What are you up to these days?
Sarah: I am a full-time student and work as a tutor at my college, helping students in economics, math, statistics, and marketing courses. Although my schedule is mostly filled with paper writing and pleading with tutees to please, please, please do their homework and get to class on time, I enjoy spending time with my cat Harley (yes, I realize this will be published and that this statement makes me an official “cat lady”), shopping, reading, and unabashedly feeding my reality-TV addiction.
GML: No shame in being a “cat lady,” we’ve got someone on staff who might be considered a crazy “dog lady.” What inspired you to write your lemonade story?
Sarah: I first told my story to a group of fellow students when I was asked to give an “impromptu” speech in a communications course. So, while many of my classmates talked about their favorite pet or funniest childhood memory, I decided to tell my story about Al. The professor approached me after my short speech and suggested that I turn the speech into a written story. Two years later, God Makes Lemonade served as an outlet for me to share that story with others.
GML: What was it like to see your story printed in the book?
Sarah: For lack of more eloquent and well-articulated wording, it was: crazy. I was very excited that my story would be shared with more than a classroom full of students. After I got the news that my story was accepted, I flooded friends and family members’ inboxes with the good news. Needless to say, anyone who knows me, knows my story. I have not gotten through the entire God Makes Lemonade book yet, but they are all so inspiring, so incredible, so moving.
GML: And just for fun, if you could go on vacation anywhere today, where would you go and why?
Sarah: I would hands down, no questions asked, book a plane ticket to Jamaica. I love the weather, the culture, the scenery, the music, the food, the people… just about everything. And mojitos never taste as good as they do when you’re in the Caribbean. That’s a fact. Google it.
Thanks for stopping by and getting to know Sarah a bit better. Let her now how much you enjoyed her story on Facebook. Come back next week—we’re already working on another interview with the author of our next featured story. Or you can pick up a copy of God Makes Lemonade, where you’ll find more than eighty inspiring stories like this one.