Fifteen years ago exactly TODAY, the Chatette and I became a we. I try to celebrate this day every year, but today feels HUGER than usual. Fifteen feels like a milestone and truly amazes me. It's been quite a fifteen years.
Many of you have been along with me for this ride since the beginning. You know what these fifteen years have held. Sometimes, it was not a lot of fairy tale. But even so, the Chatette and our magic was always waiting for me...to rise out of the morning mist like Brigadoon, as I made the bend in the road on my way from the bus stop.
As you can imagine, being in New Orleans on Columbus Street is a huge difference from being at home in Cadrieu at the Chatette. The Chatette saved me from the ravages of the overwhelming stress and depression after Hurricane Katrina. I've teased that it was my life raft, but that was no joke.
You might think it strange that I would write about Columbus Street on the fifteenth anniversary of my purchase of the Chatette. What you may or may not know, is that Columbus Street gave me the Chatette. You see, Columbus Street was almost paid off when I was looking into financing for the purchase of the Chatette. I was able to pay off Columbus Street and take out a new mortgage that allowed me to buy the Chatette outright.
Every day in New Orleans and on Columbus Street has been difficult. I have tried to be present and focus on the positive. I knew there was a reason, but it just seemed like everything I did was like walking in concrete boots. I struggled to stir the positive energy.
Earlier this month, a friend came over who had spent a lot of time here before the storm. We sat at my table to talk about a possible project we might be working on together. He looked around and said: "I've always loved your house!" It was as if he waved a magic wand. Amazingly, I could feel the positive energy and the love that had always been this place...but for me, this place before the storm. All of a sudden, it was back for Columbus Street. But more importantly, it was back for me.
And so today, I celebrate all of the pieces to the puzzle of a fairy tale that came true. The happily ever after part is still in the making. Our very own Moon River is flowing. Monsieur Winkelmann is playing. The barn and the wagon are waiting. Sammie cat and I will be on our way very soon.
Happy Anniversary to the Chatette and
a HUGE MERCI to Columbus Street!