It’s been a hectic month.
It started off with a phone call from my aunt and uncle. A family friend of ours (my uncle’s mother) had died. A few days later, I had to have an endoscopy. A few days after that, I got a phone call in the middle of the night that my grandfather had a heart attack. We were in the hospital for a week. Then, after my grandfather came home, we had another emergency in the middle of the night last night. Our washing machine decided to flood part of the basement, the laundry room, two closets, and part of the kitchen. Not only that, but a large shipment of books I ordered for today’s book signing got delayed in the northeast because of all the snow that hit New York.
And worst of all, I RAN OUT OF MAKEUP BEFORE MY BOOK SIGNING.
I can’t tell you how horrific that is for me. I didn’t even have time to stop at the grocery store to pick up more…(*cries*).
All of this within a week and a half.
Needless to say there was not enough caffeine in the universe to keep me wide awake and alert. Between funeral preparations, caregiving for both my grandfather and grandmother, cleaning up the mess my washer made, searching high and low for any extra copies of “The Ripple Affair” I could get my hands on, and praying to the good Lord to find a pinch of foundation and cover stick to hide my zits, it seemed like fate was out to get me and I was having a stroke of bad luck.
It was frustrating to say the least. I was tired, cranky, impatient, and feeling terrible. I didn’t understand why so many bad things happened all at once. Was this supposed to be some sort of sign that I shouldn’t have wrote a book? Was this fate’s way of telling me taking a chance on being a writer was a terrible decision that I should’ve never made?
I arrived at my book signing this afternoon dreading it. I was waiting for some other emergency to happen. Books would probably fall in the snow puddles outside and be ruined. The chocolate cake we ordered would probably be dropped and smushed. Guests would undoubtedly skip the party and enjoy the first “warm” day we’ve had in days (it was above freezing today-that’s tropical weather where I’m at.)
I didn’t expect it to be a good party. After so much bad, why would something good finally happen?
After the first guests started to arrive, though, I noticed that the party wasn’t going as bad as I thought. We had enough books for the guests. The cake and food were a hit with some guests going up for seconds. And people showed up! Friends and family arrived and had a great time socializing, discussing writing, and meeting new people.
By the end of the party, I found it to be one of the best get-together’s I’ve ever been to. Any discouragement I had before was removed by the love and support of my family, friends, and guests who took time out of their day to spend a few hours supporting my dream. I was so thankful for the people who were there and I will never forget the wonderful time I had with them today. They made it so special! I also got to meet some wonderful new people who were so kind to offer their support for “The Ripple Affair”.
Today taught me a valuable lesson; not about writing, but about life. So many times we come across bumps in the roller coaster that’s life and we get bombarded with bad things. A poor diagnosis. A lost job. The loss of someone we love. Not getting a break. Sometimes these events happen so close together that’s it’s easy to become overwhelmed and discouraged, thinking that somehow we’re cursed or have bad luck and it’s never going to get better.
But life is like a roller coaster. Just like how we can fall on our knees, we can also rise back up again.
After the night comes the day. After winter comes spring. After a storm comes a rainbow. We all go through difficulties and hard times, but no matter what we go through, the bad times don’t last forever. It may take a lot of prayer, patience, and chocolate, but the good moments in life will always step in to overtake the bad.
Also, a special note!
I’m now on Goodreads (under Erin Cruey). Feel free to review my book or find me in the group chats and say hello. 🙂