I was blessed to meet Dr. Joel Shappirio. Although he never knew that I would one day marry his son, there was some kind of magic behind meeting my future father-in-law. I don’t know who or what is responsible for all this, and I mean ALL of it, but whether it be fate or serendipity, or just pure luck, I am thankful.
I met Dr. Shappirio while walking the halls of Manasquan High School. I was a sophomore; he was an accomplished, brilliant, and retired scientist, keeping himself busy as a substitute teacher. Our meeting probably lasted a mere twenty seconds. We exchanged few words, the typical “nice to meet you” with a handshake kind of stuff, and that was it. A chance meeting that became a moment I will reflect on forever.
I never got to introduce myself to my father-in-law as his daughter-in-law. Joel passed away about ten years ago. But when people say, “its too bad you never got to meet him”, at least I can say I did. I only wish I could have gotten to know him too. I know he was an incredible man.
Joel grew up in Washington, D.C., graduated from the University of Michigan, and later settled down with his loving and adoring family in New Jersey. He lives on in my husband’s cherished memories and in all of the amazing stories that are told about him.
D.C. may be known as our nation’s capital, but in our family, its known as the beginning of a legacy of a man.
Washington, D.C.. Coming Soon…