Kristin Pappas has always loved and had a passion for one thing--writing.
So the East Meadow resident of more than 33 years wrote and published her book of stories, "Krissy's Baklava: My Life is Sweet and Full of Nuts."
"When things happen during the day people will go back and tell others what happened," Pappas said. "The only difference is that I put it on paper."
A series of lighthearted tales in the book range from lessons Pappas learned while pumping gas to her finding the perfect swimsuit for a trip to Greece.
"These are all true stories about things that have happened to me and my family," she said.
Pappas, who was raised in Brooklyn, worked as Language Arts teacher at Woodland Middle School for eight years and as a fifth grade teacher at McVey Elementary School for 11 years.
"I loved teaching," she said. "I would always tell my students that when they write the readers should pick up the essence of who they are."
Pappas is a mother of three and a grandmother of six with two on the way. She said that she is proud that her 17-month-old grandson, Frankie, has already developed a love of books.
"His first words were 'Read Book'," she beamed.
Pappas said that she hopes that her book can put a smile on someone's face.
"When bad things happen, sometimes it's nice to have something that can take you away from your troubles and allow you to focus on something else," she said.
The book reflects on one of her mottos.
"We should not take life too seriously," she said. "We can only laugh at ourselves."
"Krissy's Baklava: My Life is Sweet and Full of Nuts." can be purchased on Amazon.com.