Home of Heart

I posted this in my newsletter (cross-posted for all my alter egos). Also posting it here. And adding more of what I posted on fb.

First I’m starting out with my thoughts to all those affected by the various weather. My family was recently affected by the two hurricanes – Irma and Maria. I’m originally from St. Thomas, USVI and it was the beauty of there that inspired me and sparked my imagination to shape me into who I am today. When the storm occurred my big brother was there and afterwards there was no electricity, phone service and water. There is also a lot of my family there. My big sister and brother in law (he had emergency surgery when he arrived) were in NY visiting me when everything happened and they had no idea what happened to their home or what they are going back too. They had to postpone their trip home twice since the airport is not operational yet. It’s been a rough time for them. They finally went home but reception is spotty so I can’t get in touch with them often. They and big brother as well as so many others are still without electricity and phone service.

For all those affected I know that although the landscape may change due to each Hurricane that the spirit of the people is what makes us who we are and that will never change. Each day I’m thinking of my big brother, big sister, brother in law and all my family who are still without electricity, phone service and water. I’m keeping that spirit of resilience near and dear to my heart. I’m sharing a picture with you of St. Thomas from my last trip there. It was taken from the porch of my sisters house. It is a breathtaking view.

In my books under my various alter egos including this one I have characters that are from where I was born—St. Thomas. Each time I write them it invokes all those memories of my growing up there. In each there is a heart and spirit that is from my home. In my heart St. Thomas will always be home no matter where I physically live. I hope whenever you read these characters it reminds you of your own homes that is by heart and not by location.

Update – Nov. 7

Finally after trying for since they left in October I was able to reach my big sister in St. Thomas on her cell. It was such a relief to hear her voice. Usually we talk almost daily and not being able to do that. Not being able to hear from her if she was ok…was rough.

I spoke with her. Heard her voice. She’s ok and brother in law is too. Big brother is too. Still no electricity which means no phone service. Cell service…well is almost nonexistent. Calls if they go through get dropped. I hadn’t been able to get through since they left to go back to St. Thomas in October.

I talked to my big sister and I feel so much better. Didn’t realize how out of sorts I was before. Now I’m better…and eager to see her and all of my family and friends there.

I’ll be going home – to St. Thomas – in December and spending a few weeks into Christmas there. This has been planned since last year. I’m counting down until I can go. I want to see for myself how everyone is. Want to be able to hug my big sister, brother in law and my big brother and any family and friends I have there. Hell strangers too. I’m gonna be a hugging fool and a crying one.

Plan to make loads of memories and enjoy all the moments. You know that’s my thing.

#vacationcountdown #family #memoriestomake

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About McKenna Jeffries

McKenna Jeffries has loved the written word from time she picked up her first book. Soon she was creating tales of love and family. Although McKenna used to make up stories she never thought to put them on paper until....she realized the stories would keep filling her until they were written. Since then she's been writing and sharing her interracial/multicultural books. There is always some new story floating around her head. An itchy feeling in her fingers fills her until she can get a piece of paper to write it down. She writes because it's a love affair. Writing is in her blood and she enjoys taking readers on a journey. With so many ideas filling her, McKenna is always hard at work.