Back to our home

Imgres-2Around 430 yesterday afternoon I was told we could spend the night in our apartment.  We have been living and sleeping somewhere else for eleven weeks.  I know there are others that are not as lucky as we are to be back in our home or will never be able to go back to their home.  Mother nature is not to be taken lightly.  

The frustration, the anxiety, the feeling of being out of it has weighed heavily on all of us since this began. I am disgusted with almost every organization that was supposedly the people who help in times like this.  I am so grateful for the people who actually got us in, took control of the situation, pushed to make things happen and get us back in our home.  It is amazing to me that anyone would question their integrity.  Bad situations where money is involved brings out the worse in people.  It is not pretty. 

I missed my bed, my kitchen, my pots and pans, my couch, our dog, my office and my day to day life.  In general I am a pretty upbeat positive person but this past year of floods and displacement took a toll on me.  I am getting slowly getting my mojo back and sleeping in my own bed last night is a step in the right direction.  

Comments (Archived):

  1. Shripriya

    I was waiting for this after I read Fred’s posts. I’m so glad for you guys.Welcome home and happy 2013!

    1. Gotham Gal

      thanks. it has been beyond.

  2. awaldstein

    No place like home….

    1. John Revay

      Great news

  3. Joe Yevoli

    Welcome back! Good start to the new year!

  4. Tom Evslin

    Good to hear. And you guys have done a great job of keeping up activities while displaced – as both your blogs make clear.

  5. leeschneider

    Congrats Joanne and family. Enjoy!

  6. William Mougayar

    That’s great to hear! Welcome back and glad to see you re-enjoy it thoroughly!! I can picture Ollie wagging his tail non-stop and re-sniffing parts of the house.What did you cook yesterday as first meal back, and was a bottle of wine cracked open?Do you plan on writing in more details about the organizations that made it difficult for you to get things back to normal,- probably insurance, etc…

    1. Wavelengths

      To Gotham Gal: I would be very interested in what organizations helped, and what ones didn’t. I realize you may not want to name names, but I think people should know that the “safety net” we assume exists for the displaced/homeless, is really not as effective or available as most of us believe.Canned goods and bags of dried beans for people who are living in a motel, or worse yet, in their car? Not really helpful, although one wants to sat thank you, even if the “help” isn’t really appropriate.Was it your social network that really pulled through for you?(And I’m really, really glad to hear you are finally home!)

      1. Gotham Gal

        so far the only person that pulled through for us is the builder that got us back in. everyone else has been incredibly disappointing. for all the people who were in outer boroughs it was really the hearts of the people who connected with organizations helping people out there.

  7. Carl Rahn Griffith

    Sleep is so essential to life and creativity – enjoy 🙂

    1. Gotham Gal

      oh yes it is.

      1. Carl Rahn Griffith

        I just posted on Fred’s blog, as an aside, that for Christmas we received memory-foam pillows – never had/tried before; what a revelation! Our night’s sleep has been transformed – recommended, if not already tried.The other night I was ‘on’ one of the Voyager spacecraft – what a wonderful sublime dream – and great views, lol – seriously, my creative/escapism dreaming had waned over recent years – seems to be coming back. Phew.Sweet dreams!

  8. CCjudy

    Congratulations And this is why you left Japan for the possibility of returning home?

    1. Gotham Gal

      no. we left japan because it is an exhausting vacation and we were already exhausted.

  9. Donna Brewington White

    Wonderful news! So happy for you!Although I will miss Fred’s 4sq breakfast check ins. I’ve found myself craving more oatmeal lately. 🙂

  10. jill stern

    being displaced is really unsettling. we only were displaced 2 weeks from the hurricane and I was mentally wiped out(which bothers me- that I can be thrown off balance so much, but that is another story). I can’t imagine 11 weeks – congrats on getting back home!

  11. takingpitches

    “How often have I lain beneath rain on a strange roof, thinking of home.” Congrats to the Wilsons on finally spending a night under your own roof!

  12. Abdallah Al-Hakim

    double post for your and Fred about the joy of being back home. I don’t think many can disagree!

  13. bsoist

    Welcome home!After reading Fred’s post this morning – “home cooked meals from the Gotham Gal. We got one last night. It was the best meal I’ve eaten in months and we have dined at some of the finest restaurants in the world in the past two months.”I have one question – what time is dinner tonight? 🙂

    1. Gotham Gal


    2. SallyBroom

      The bit about “the Gotham Gal’s smile” was pretty sweet too, there was a chorus of “awwww” around our office 🙂

      1. bsoist

        That was nice. On a related note, I got a bit of a kick out of how Fred called it ten weeks away from home and Gotham Gal called it eleven. 🙂

        1. Gotham Gal

          Trust me it was eleven weeks!!

          1. bsoist

            I didn’t doubt you for a second! 🙂

  14. Lisa Mogull

    So glad for you all. Enjoy the comforts of home.

  15. Cecelia Feld

    Yay! So happy for you and family. It’s a great way to start the new year. I can tell the comforts of home have already lifted your spirits.

  16. ellen

    It makes me think how horrible it must be for people who are refugees from war torn countries. They can never go home to what life had been and can never rebuild in their homeland.

    1. Gotham Gal

      So true. I have thought alot about that too

  17. John Revay

    GREAT NEWSWere you able to also get back into your office – it looks like it might have been completely flooded…..Happy for you and your family

    1. Gotham Gal

      Alas. Have to rebuild the office

  18. meredithcollinz

    That’s great news. Congratulations! Does not sound like it was easy, but I gotta say all you’ve accomplished while being displaced is pretty darn impressive! (I feel a bit like a voyeur saying this, but I do enjoy your posts! ;~) Enjoy being home!

  19. falicon

    So happy to hear you are all finally back home!

  20. AG

    Love that “gotham gal’s smile” made Fred’s list. Hope you two find all the happiness that may have seemed harder to come by these last number of weeks. And enjoy these first few nights when you can still truly appreciate home sweet home.

  21. ShanaC

    Mazel Tov on moving back in.

  22. Erin Newkirk

    holla! so happy for you guys!

  23. rachel

    so happy for you all.

  24. Lally Rementilla

    Congratulations. The Wilson’s are “in the house!”

  25. TanyaMonteiro

    I’m delighted for you, something similar has happened to me in the past and it sucks. We just spent time in Vietnam, the lack of english and traffic made for some very stressful moments. Wishing you deep sleep and many smiles,

  26. denboo

    I must commend you on your incredible grace and the forward motion you kept in your lives through all this turmoil. Some would have allowed it to consume them. You are an example for us all.

    1. Gotham Gal