My Home Away From Home
This quarter’s box has been in the works for almost a year. The books were ordered, the artists chosen, and the tea tasted well before anyone had heard of Hurricanes Irma or Maria. I have been very excited about this box for some time as the Caribbean has been such a refuge for my husband and myself. Living on the northern east coast of the United States we regularly take quick jaunts down to the various islands to enjoy the sun and relax in the beautiful waters. Some of the nicest people we have ever met and now some of our closest friends have resulted from our Caribbean travels. Complete strangers and first acquaintances have offered us rides, hosted us at their local festivals, and given us gifts when they discovered it was my birthday! (The homemade rum finished with a roasted coffee bean qualifies as a best birthday gift ever!) Time and time again we have been overwhelmed with the warmth and kindness that we have felt on the various Caribbean islands.
As I write this quarter’s letter I am watching the news and seeing the devastation that hurricanes have caused this year. I see so many familiar places from St. Martin to the BVIs to the Bahamas on the news. Unfortunately, I’ve seen so many restaurants we’ve eaten in, marinas we’ve docked at and stayed in, and beaches we’ve frequented severely damaged or even completely lost.
I struggled with the decision of whether or not we should change this quarter’s box. Would it send the wrong message to release it so close to the tragedies the Caribbean has experienced this hurricane season? But I felt in my heart the best thing we could do for a place that has given us so many wonderful memories is to use this box to help them recover. First of all, I hope as these islands rebuild and recover, we as travelers will help by visiting them as soon as we can and as often as we can. As you hopefully already know, every Wordy Traveler subscription helps women and children in developing nations have access to education and medical care. In addition, this quarter a portion of the proceeds from every box will also used to help the current and ongoing relief efforts in this region. I want to sincerely thank you on behalf of all the women and girls who will have access to educational opportunities, vaccines, and improved quality of life because of your continuing subscription! Thank you for your heart to change the world one book at a time.
Bon Voyage! Cindy