I hope this post finds you well. I hope all residents of NY and NJ are okay, despite the loss of power. I must say this experience was something out of a movie. Water rushing down tunnels, flooding subway platforms, building lobbies, roads, trees broken in half, cranes collapsing on top of towers, debris flying everywhere…
I live uptown New York City, by the FDR drive, and therefore by the East River. I knew the hurricane would hit us hard, but I remembered last year, and thought – I am safe if I stay home. A dear friend convinced me of the contrary, and thanks to her motherly stubbornness, made me leave NYC on Sunday so I could spend some time with her family in a safer haven in Northern Virginia.
I thanked her and her husband a lot for their generosity, but this post is dedicated to real friendship and solidarity in time of need. I could have stayed in NYC, and then I would have been either stuck in a shelter, or in my apartment waiting for the storm to pass. I would have prayed. I would have petted my cats until they got bald. But I would have been alone against a natural disaster. Since my recent falling out with my closest NY living friend and neighbor, I have been alone – and lonely – and I knew no one would have called or knocked on my door to check if I was alright.
But life sent me someone else to share the good and the bad with. A wonderful writer, a beautiful soul, someone you want to keep in your thoughts every day. Her kids make me so happy, I love them to death.
And yes, I admit I have been an awful fan – she wrote two books and I’m barely in the middle of her first one, Wilde’s Fire. But the friendship is there. And I am deeply grateful for having her in my life.
Another grateful thank you also goes to my publisher Lisa and Eugene of Curiosity Quills, who have been wonderful to me too.
Thanksgiving is around the corner, but I thought, what the heck, I’m going to say thank you now.
Please check Krystal Wade’s work here. She has published two out of her three Darkness Falls books, Wilde’s Fire and Wilde’s Army.