- We both live in southern California.
- We both placed our hopes on Belize to resolve a problem we had with our kid(s).
- We both want to give back to Belize as a result of a positive experience.
There are also many differences between Hope and myself: she is a bestselling author and has the title of Mommy Guru after writing: Motherless Daughters, Motherless Mothers, Mother of My Mother, Letters From Motherless Daughters and now her memoir, The Possibility of Everything.
As soon as I read the Los Angeles Times article, I had to meet her. “In 2000, when her daughter Maya was 3, Edelman became convinced that Maya was inhabited by an evil spirit. She and her husband, Uzi, took Maya to a bush doctor and then a well-known shaman in Belize to have the spirit evicted from their daughter’s body.” It worked.
Although Hope’s story is very different from mine, Belize was our common bond and we had to connect. I e-mailed her with a subject hook, “How Belize Rescued My Son,” hoping this would spark a return e-mail. Within two hours, I received a reply.
Hope offered me an invitation to attend one of her book salons, where she would be speaking. From the address on the invitation, I knew this was not an evening to be dressed in jeans. I drove up to the front gate in my blue Kia Rio, and turned the handle as fast as I could so the window appeared automatic. A male model stepped out of the well-lit guard house, and asked me for my name. While waiting for clearance, a little more thorough than last weeks’s White House one, I had a private conversation with my Kia Rio. “Don’t be shy,” I said. “I’m sure you’re not the only non-Mercedes, BMW or Lexus, here tonight.”
I pulled up to the estate and rang the doorbell. There, in front of the over-sized entrance, the hostess welcomed me into her home. Within seconds, a waitress handed me a glass of Perrier-Jouet champagne, and I felt in another world. It had only been a week since I volunteered in a Mayan Village in Belize, where no one dared use the toilet.
I knew Hope Edelman had arrived when all the women flocked to her side to greet her. A little more petite than I had expected, she sat in front of the fire-place and brought us into her world of caring about others.
After her presentation, I had a chance to speak to her and she wrote a message in my book: “For Sonia, With the hope of an ongoing communication, here and in Belize.”
Have you had a similar experience meeting an author you felt “connected” to?
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