silver linings

I am absolutely an eternal optimist.  I see the glass always full.  I am totally bummed, disoriented and disconnected about #sandy but I am quite aware how much better off I am than many others.  Bottom line, there is nothing like home. 

I was on the phone with Rick of Ricks Picks and I told him about the apartment that I found for the next few weeks.  When I opened the refrigerator door there was a bottle of Ricks Picks staring straight out at me.  He called it a silver lining.  I could not agree more so this post is about silver linings.

We were lucky to have a place to stay the entire week of Sandy.  Good friends with extra rooms goes a very long way. 

We were lucky that we only lost stuff.

Hearing from so many people reaching out to see if we were ok reminds all of us how friends and family are truly the most important thing. Everything else comes in second.

I will slowly be getting back into the thick of things but am definitely going to take my time rushing.


Comments (Archived):

  1. Cecelia Feld

    Good thoughts. I admire your strength and courage in the face of adversity. Hang in there!

  2. daryn

    Joanne, I hope it goes without saying, but if there’s every anything I can do for you guys, please ask. I doubt there’s much, if anything, I can offer that you can’t find elsewhere, but I’m always happy to help.p.s. Did Rick get new labels or new spicy pickles? I have a bottle of the old-style hotties in my fridge right now 🙂

    1. Gotham Gal

      Thanks Daryn. Our mass market brand 🙂

  3. falicon

    The other day we were talking a walk through the neighborhood looking at all the down’ed trees and general damage…when we ran into a few friends, they asked how we made out…with a big smile and I guess a bit too much excitement I answered “we had a tree fall in the front and one in the back…but we only lost half the fence in the back”…my friend responded that I’m always such an optimist and always see the good in every situation (a response which really surprised me – but that I was happy to hear).Anyway – I love your attitude towards the whole event and the recovery…I think it will go a *very* long way towards ensuring there is as much happiness as is possible throughout. Best of luck!

    1. Gotham Gal

      I hope it goes a long way

  4. Rohan

    Awwww,, that’s sweeet.Little acts.. big impact.

  5. Christine

    Best wishes as you regroup at home sweet home.

  6. AG

    It’s difficult to even imagine what you folks are going through. Resources make it easier but certainly not easy by any means. Pain experienced isn’t necessarily relative. Hope every day is better than the last!

  7. laurie kalmanson

    Glad u r safe and warm and dry. Displacement is stressful I hope it goes as smoothly as possibleI grew up a bike ride from the beach and seeing the destruction is shatteringFriends have lost stuff, second houses, boats and been in the dark for days but that’s the worst of it — grateful for thatThe NYU hospital staff was heroic in evacuating the patients as are the volunteers visiting home bound people without the means to get out or get supplies inThere is still so much devastation and still so much to be done

  8. JimHirshfield

    Wait, he got in to your temporary apartment and planted pickles in the fridge? :-)Silver lining indeed!! Glad things are on the path to recovery.

  9. TanyaMonteiro

    tried to reply to this a while back but I see it never went through. Love how you are always finding that up side to any situation, “take my time rushing” great saying! The post reminded me of something I heard the other day “never let a crisis go to waste”.

    1. Gotham Gal

      i love that. never let a crisis go to waste. couldn’t agree more

  10. William Mougayar

    Curious, how is Ollie taking all this commotion?

    1. Gotham Gal

      poor Ollie. he is staying with Lene who works for us. Lene was probably a vet in her last life. She adores Ollie. We are moving into a hotel on 11/21 and at that point we can get Ollie back. He can stay with us in the hotel which is another reason we are making that move.I miss him!

      1. William Mougayar

        Good to hear! thanks for the update. he is adorable.