Thank you. Thank you all so much. I honestly cannot say that enough. I still do not have internet access, but from what I’m hearing, our message is being heard. And that’s thanks to all of you. You are all simply amazing. Thank you so very much.
To update you since my last post, we have received some help. Women with children, and the very sick and elderly have been evacuated. Not all, but some. We’ve received some food and water. I saw a search and rescue team today. Things are happening. Not fast and not a ton, but little things are happening. And that’s a great sign.
My friends and I took a drive out to the East End today. I honestly cannot describe what I saw other than total devastation. It’s hard to put into words what it feels like to see a place you love so much completely destroyed in a matter of hours. But I am trying to stay positive, so here are my positive thoughts today…I saw seven donkeys today. Seven! They must have been so scared, but they made it. And that made me smile today. I also saw a mama pig and several baby piglets. They made it too. I’ve seen iguanas and lizards and chickens and roosters. Not as many but some are still here. That all makes me smile. I was able to go home today. That is positive. So many people on this island do not have this luxury. I am sitting overlooking Cruz Bay with a cup of wine by my side right now. The sun is setting. For a moment, if I just take a sip and look toward St. Thomas, I can pretend that everything is normal, but only for a second. Because if I turn to my left, I can see Dreamweaver crushed against the rum Hut. And to my right is more destruction. So then I wonder, what happens next? Of course I want to stay here. This is my home. I want to help rebuild. I want to help make this island thrive again. But is that possible? Will food run out? Will money run out? For all of us who rely on tourism, we no longer have income. And that’s scary. So what do we do? Work construction? I honestly don’t know.
I feel like I’m rambling. I’m sorry for that. But this is everything that’s currently running through my mind.
Ok, back to the positive. I was interviewed by the New York Times and NBC Nightly News last night…how exciting is that??!! Perhaps one of them will hire me to be their Caribbean correspondent.
(If you’re reading this you fancy news people, I have an undergrad in journalism and a master’s degree…hire me!! lol)
I have to go now, so I can run over to Ronnie’s Pizza and get a signal. Then I can send this to my parents up in Connecticut as a text and they can share it with all of you.
Oh but before I do, we are still all ok. And we’re all going to be ok. We’re a tough little island. But I’m sure you all know that by now.
Please keep sharing our stories and again, thank you everyone. I love you all.