hi susan. thank you for your kind words. i’m so sorry for your loss. it’s truly one of the greatest gifts in life to be close to grandparents though it makes it that much more difficult when they pass away. take heart that peace eventually comes - it just might take awhile. and that’s ok.
as for new york, no i don’t hold anything against the place. when i later lived there, i lived and worked downtown and never had any reason to go uptown - so it was out of sight, out of mind. but what happened to him did shape the way i think about the city (it’s never seemed as rough or gritty or loud or cutthroat as people say it is) because i just think about empty streets.
i’m thrilled to have gotten your question - from london, no less! thank you so much for reading… xo
7 Steps to Happiness
Think less, feel more
Frown less, smile more
Talk less, listen more
Judge less, accept more
Watch less, do more
Complain less, appreciate more
Fear less, love more
“… he thinks our culture attaches too much importance to feelings, he says it’s out of control, it’s not computers that are making everything virtual, it’s mental health. Everyone’s trying to correct their thoughts and improve their feelings and work on their relationships and parenting skills instead of just getting married and raising children like they used to…”
from Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections: A Novel