First of all, we learned that L'Ailee's aunt and grandma had sense enough to leave before the benzene slick came to their town. TTG! (Glad you liked that, Boston Pobble. :-) L'Ailee is still sad for her native land, of course, but at least her relatives' fate is a worry off her mind.
They are staying with another of her aunts in another part of Siberia. This aunt sent L'Ailee's huge, international, extended family diaspora an e-mail. L'Ailee translated for me. That whole family is so stoic! Apparently hair going from straight to curly is another family thing, because the aunt took the time to explain that to L'Ailee after a long description of the troubles they're facing in Eastern Siberia. We think it's so cute that she put in that postscript. We are so relieved. An hour before she got that e-mail, L'Ailee was crying--like a dam burst inside her--because she watched me wash dishes, and thought I should have a dishwasher (what a sweetie), and remembered that some of her relatives couldn't even do hand-wash.
Another worry off our minds is, the strikers are going back to work!!!
Last night, I saw something really beautiful. Did I mention yesterday that our night janitors couldn't make it in last night? So we had memos in all the building's companies saying basically "Please don't go out of your way to make a mess."
Well, our building supervisor wanted to hire the janitors a town car to get them in last night. They needed the hours this time of year, and we needed their services. But all that was available were high-end stretch limos.
He decided to hire two for last night!
So imagine the scene as we left! Two stretch limos comin' in, and our starry-eyed janitors and night watchmen, in uniform, comin' out! Someone among us "day people" in our rumpled suits and dresses started clapping, and many of us took it up! One of the janitors blew kisses and waved--she was just eating it up. Actually, they all were.
I love how in a crisis, New Yorkers get it together and help each other when we can.
I am so proud to be one today.
And now that I'm proud to be here, I have to be *there* in Florida! On my way there tomorrow! :-)
It was dark, but the light's on its way back...