New York, New York, July 2011~
Summertime, and the livin' is easy (not to mention, hot!!) ...
Hello! This is M'Kaya Jefferson writing; hope this finds y'all well and happy. We are fine here, just tryin' to stay cool (as is a good part of the country; got us a heat wave goin' on ... ).
Poor Jelisha Aurora, our seven-month-old daughter, is so miserable with the haet. Doesn't help she has a nasty case of diaper rash. Poor little thing has to lie underneath the air conditioning/ceiling fans to get any relief; she is sure fussy! It breaks my heart to hear her screaming and crying!
Meanwhile, our son, Stefan, who will be 11 years old on September 11 this year, finds relief by playing in the sprinklers or going to the community pool with his friends for the afternoon; his friend's dad then brings him back home safely to us. He has gotten so tall: he's as tall as some high schoolers, even though he is only going to be in sixth grade this fall. He is built just like his daddy: gonna be a future linebacker for sure!
His daddy calls him "Brute" because when Stefan plays football, he's all business; he doesn't fool around! He's good at the game: got lots of speed and dynamic reflexes.
Stefan will be trying out for his school's football team next month. I don't doubt it for one second that he won't make it; Lord knows, the kid certainly has the talent! Yet I tell him that he might not be able to join the team because we might be moving in a few months (more on this shortly; stay tuned!).
As for Franklin and myself, we are doing well. I stay indoors trying to stay out of the heat (if I get out in it for too long, I get violently sick and sometimes I pass out; this MS of mine sure complicates things; it just makes my MS symptoms worse and the heat only adds to the fun ... NOT!!) and drinking lots of fluids, to keep myself hydrated. Franklin continues to work long hours at his job as a physical therapist; he loves what he does and he makes excellent money, so we don't really have to worry about things (much).
I try not to think about September 11, 2001; know that the 10th anniversary is coming up in a month and a half. Know I won't be able to escape the reminders, but I keep myself busy to keep from thinking about what happened that horrible day. Seems like it was only yesterday when it happened. I am reminded of it every day whenever I think of Stephanie Greene dying when the towers fell or when I look at my one leg. Got injured in the attacks myself; developed a nasty bacterial infection and ended up losing my leg in order for my life to be saved. Well, my life was saved, sure enough, but it cost me a leg.
I still cry or have nightmares even now. Guess I will never completely get over it. I can't. I won't. Hard to forget when your best friend died in the attacks or the fact that I was injured and then got sick with necrotizing fasciitis that nearly liked to have killed me!
Lately, Franklin and I have been thinking about moving. New York City is nice, but we want to go elsewhere to start over. His company is thinking of transferring him to Fairbanks, Alaska, and we have been talking long and hard about it. Alaska sure would be better for us, as far as temperatures are concerned, but it also might mess up my fibromyalgia and make me hurt more. Yet as I get older, I find the heat bothering me more and more, especially since I was diagnosed with this dam* fibromyalgia and multiple sclerosis!
I will keep you abreast about this situation; if we do decide on moving to Alaska, please pray that all goes well and pray that we can find some help in getting our stuff up that way. Alaska just isn't across the street you know: it's gonna be an awful long and hard journey!!
Well, Jelisha is crying again, so I'd best tend to her. I will write in here again soon; until then, this is M'Kaya Jefferson signing off! Take care and may God bless you always!
~Love, your friend in New York City, M'Kaya. :)