Many of you know Cathy! She’s written a few blogs for us in the past about Derek and Bethany, Derek’s book signing, and the “Move Live On Tour”. Well, recently, Cathy was able to attend Amy Purdy’s book signing for her new book “On My Own Two Feet” in Bookends In Ridgewood, NJ. Cathy tells us all about meeting her, what she was like, what Amy said about Derek, her book, and lots more. Cathy also has some other special stories to tell from what happened that day that you will love hearing about. She also took some fun photos (click on them to see them in a bigger size). Be sure to thank her in comments. And Cathy, from Heidi and myself, THANK YOU for taking us right there with you and all the mentions on Pure Derek Hough too!!! You rock it!
On My Own Two Feet: From Losing My Legs to Learning the Dance of Life
Amy Purdy’s Book Signing at Bookends in Ridgewood, NJ on January 4, 2015 by Cathy
“Amy and Derek, you are two precious gifts who inspire us to stand on our own two feet and to take the lead in life’s journey.”
When I first heard that Amy had written a book about her life story, which would be released on 12/30/14, I was so happy to hear this wonderful news! As much as I was looking forward to reading her inspirational and powerful story, I also very much wanted to meet her, and I was hoping that she would be going on a book signing tour in my area. Well, my wish was about to come true…I was so thrilled to find out that she would be at Bookends in NJ on 1/4/15!! What an absolutely perfect way to start the New Year…meeting and talking with this truly beautiful young lady, who is an incredible source of inspiration and hope. And furthermore, how fitting and awesome it was that her first stop would be at Bookends…the same bookstore where Derek began his book signing tour in August! Since Amy and Derek’s lives, stories, values, and positive messages are all intertwined and connected, it was so meaningful that they would share the same first venue, which continued to keep their special connection with each other alive! Two different lives, yet the same outlook and philosophy on life, the same venue…what a perfect scenario!
Amy’s book signing date of 1/4/15 in NJ fell right in the middle of a winter break when I would be out of town. But no problem…since I was really looking forward to meeting her and returning to the bookstore where Derek had been, I would simply just take some time out of my vacation. I definitely was going to meet her… I just had to rearrange my schedule. Her story is so compelling that meeting her was very important to me. My plan was to drive back to NY from VT on Saturday, 1/3, and then go to Ridgewood, NJ on Sunday for the event. Then came the weather forecast for Saturday…winter weather warning/watch for that whole area in the northeast starting later Saturday afternoon…snow, sleet, and freezing rain. I thought…that’s OK, I’ll leave early enough in the morning so I’ll beat the storm. Well, it didn’t quite work out that way. The storm didn’t come “later” that afternoon, it came much “earlier,” as in “now”…while I was driving down the New York State Thruway! And these were real severe weather conditions which caused accidents galore…I witnessed cars spun out in ditches, others crashed against the guardrail, plus at one point there was a 7-car pile-up. Real dangerous situation. But as I faced these adverse weather conditions and driving became more and more treacherous and a real challenge, I remained determined and focused on my goal…continue carefully and cautiously on my journey to NJ to meet Amy. That’s how much it meant to me to meet her. I made up my mind I was going to make it, and nothing was going to stop me. A 4-1/2 hour drive soon turned into 6-1/2 hours, but I was more than grateful to arrive home safely. How true is the saying…”When there’s a will, there’s a way!”
The very next day, Sunday, 1/4, was like a spring day! There was a drastic change in the weather…for the better! The roads were just wet, and the temperature was going to reach the high 50’s! What a welcomed blessing! Amy’s book signing was scheduled to begin at 1pm, so I arrived in Ridgewood at 11am. I parked in the parking lot behind the bookstore. What memories flooded my mind…Derek leaving from that back door with his whole entourage, with fans screaming and waving to him as he was driven off to his next event! Bookends is a very nice, small, and friendly bookstore. Before I entered the store, I took pictures outside with the various signs and posters advertising Amy’s book signing that day. Continue reading