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Anderson family experience ‘trip of a lifetime’ Through eyes of foreign exchange student

August 8, 2012

Martina, Walter, Norma, and Silvia Cova, Emmalee, Margie and Denny Anderson 
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Martina, Walter, Norma, and Silvia Cova, Emmalee, Margie and Denny Anderson
"You took care of me for 10 months   And now it is my turn to take care of you!"SILVIA COVA. Foreign Exchange of the Andersons
By: Rebecca Hudson Murray County News Staffwriter

While in the hospital giving birth to son Trevor thirty years ago, Margie Anderson did not dare to dream that some day she and husband, Denny, would experience the trip of a lifetime many years later.  In fact, it was the furthest thing from her mind at the time.  But dreams can come true, as they discovered, and the Andersons recently found themselves on a three-week trip to Italy with a stop over in France, and reuniting with Silvia Cova, the exchange student who shared a home for the better part of a year with them.   

Indeed, Margie says, if someone had predicted it to her all those years ago, her response would have been, never in my life!  "It was a dream come true," she observes.

Silvia spent ten months with the Andersons during the 2010-11 school year and during that time a forged a special bond with the family.  Though she no longer lived at home during that time, Emmalee, too, had grown close to the exchange student.  "Em and Silvia look so much alike and are so similar in their mannerisms and personalities," says Margie, "that they are like long lost sisters.

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