Tuesday, November 20, 2012

A Special Thank You



Thursday is Thanksgiving here in the US, so my brain is jumping between thoughts of turkey (and prepping rooms for guests and making stuffing and amusing kids who aren't in school) and moments of trying to stop and realize how enormously blessed I am.

(Actually, since I'm a Canadian living in the States, I've had these thoughts since October and Canadian Thanksgiving – but I digress.)

I want to share a moment when I was incredibly thankful for – wait for it – the Harlequin logo. You know. This guy.

It was five years ago, on a Sunday in September. My husband & I were in the midst of adopting our fifth child, a daughter from Russia. We had already made our first trip, to meet the child and sign the papers that started the legal process. Now we were on trip two, when we would appear in court and find out if our petition would be granted. Needless to say, it was a rather stressful time which was exacerbated by the fact that (a) we had to spend a couple of days in Moscow first, to undergo the infamous eight doctor exam, and (b) my suitcase got lost and I had nothing to wear but the clothes on my back. That would be jeans and a white tee shirt. For court. Yeah.

So there we were, in Moscow, sleep-deprived and jet-lagged, anxious and alone and nervous as all get-out about the next day's doctor visits. We decided to explore the area around our hotel. We wandered into one store and found that – oh joy – it was a bookstore! We had planned to pick up some Russian books for our little one, so this was a great chance to do that. We wandered the aisles, checking out the selection, trying to not feel too overwhelmed by being surrounded by books we couldn't read, when I wandered past a bin of paperbacks and caught sight of that familiar little jester. My heart did a little jump. Something familiar! I picked up one of the top books and, with my very rudimentary Russian, sounded out the name of the author. It was Cara Summers, one of my RWA chapter mates! I picked up another: it turned out to be by my friend Holly Jacobs! I went through that whole bin, finding names of friends and people I didn't know but still recognized. 

Suddenly, I didn’t feel so alone or lost. I had friends with me. My world had suddenly become a bit less frightening, a bit more familiar, all because of that logo. 

Thank you, Harlequin, for being there when I needed a friend. I'll never forget it.

16 comments:

Vicki Essex said...

Dawwww...that's so sweet.

FYI, the clown's name is Joey. Trufax.

Pamela Hearon said...

Ah, Kris, you made me all teary this morning. It was a year ago today that I got the call from my agent saying we'd sold to Harlequin, so that symbol became very precious to me, also.

(((hugs)))

kris said...

Vicki, I never knew he had a name. Thank you for my new fact of the day!

kris said...

Pam, happy anniversary!!!! What a wonderful year you've had. Here's wishing you & Harlequin share a very long, happy, and mutually beneficial relationship!

Kathleen O'Donnell said...

What a wonderful story. Thanks for sharing it.
I love it when on my travels I find something that reminds me of home... Not matter where we are, home is always there..
Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends in the US.. Many blessing to your and your families.

Snookie said...

Kris, Wow that is really cool finding harlequin when you needed them :). And super cool that you were adopting a child that needed a home.

linda s said...

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you. Even, those of you celebrating it twice. Thisse little harlequin logos have given me joy everywhere I've travelled.

kris said...

Kathleen, I'm smiling over "home is always there." What a wonderful sentiment. Thank you!

kris said...

Snookie, thanks! Yep, it was pretty cool all the way around. As is our daughter :-)

kris said...

Linda, isn't it great? May the joy continue!

Kaelee said...

What a wonderful way to end my day. This is such a great post. Love that you survived the lost luggage, love that you adopted your daughter, and really loved that you found "JOEY" in Russia. I always enjoy seeing the covers of the Harlequins printed in other countries.

kris said...

Kaelee, agreed - seeing the covers from other places & spotting Joey abroad always makes for a warm fuzzy moment. Glad I could help end your day with a smile!

Eli Yanti said...

What a lovely story :)

Thanks for sharing :)

kris said...

Eli, thank YOU for stopping by!

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Cathryn Parry said...

Sorry I'm late, but I wanted you to know how much I enjoyed this story, Kris! :-)

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