3/17/14, Cinderella After the Ball.

Hi Everyone

First of all, Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you who are of Irish descent. In the international mix of my ancestry (Portuguese, Spanish, German, French), I can’t make any claim to Irish, so it’s not my holiday. I think there was an English great grandfather somewhere on my mother’s side, but that’s about it. It’s always such a festive day, so if you’re Irish, or want to celebrate with them, have a Great Day!!!

Other than that, life is getting back to normal after the glamour of fashion week in Paris, and the real excitement of being decorated with the Legion of Honor. Now I get to wear the little red ribbon on my clothes that identifies me as a Knight of the Order of the Legion of Honor (and a miniature of the medal for special events). It’s a big distinction in France, and I’m wearing the red ribbon with much pride. But then after the honor, and the ceremony, and the fashion shows, you go back to real life. Someone has to take out the garbage, sometimes me, feed the dogs, go to the dry cleaner, and do all the mundane stuff we all do. I had a lot of work to do this week, taxes are due, money is tight, kids have problems, dogs get sick. Two of our family’s dogs had surgery this week, which worried me. And I had to grind through all the stuff that wears you out, worries you, and is a LOT less fun than being decorated, and watching a fashion show by Chanel or Dior. Welcome to real life!!! It can’t be a party every day, and I’m lucky that it’s fun some of the time. Getting the Legion of Honor really thrilled me, and it’s a once in a lifetime event!!! I will cherish the memory of it forever, and loved sharing it with my children who were here.

I had a classic French experience this week. I pay my phone and internet bills by automatic transfer from my bank, which is easier than writing one more check every month. And lo and behold, I discovered that six months ago, the phone company and my bank got in an ‘argument’, a disagreement over procedures, so my bank stopped making the transfers, but never told me. The phone company wasn’t getting paid, and didn’t tell me. And yesterday I had one of those nightmare days where modern communication was vital: I had to do some things with my bank in California, had some important business to do with my agent, one of my children needed advice, another was travelling, I was emailing and calling people in several countries, doing business, and needed phone and Internet vitally. And guess what? All my phone and internet services went dead. Just like that, one minute a string of emails, and the next, a total black out. What happened??? I couldn’t figure it out, except a notice on my screen said I hadn’t paid my bill. Impossible!! Well not so impossible. I called the bank, who blamed the phone company for not complying with their ‘norms’ so they stopped paying them. I called the phone company who told me to get another bank. And guess who got squeezed in the middle with no phone or Internet service on a day I REALLY needed it??? Me, of course. What a crazy, ridiculous situation. So I paid my bill by credit card on the phone, and they promised that sometime 2 days later, I would get service back. Oh Great. And 2 days with no communication at all, and my whole life was conducted by cell phone. How crazy is that? While the phone company and my bank were throwing rocks at each other, I got bonked on the head and stunned into silence. It made for a VERY annoying day!!!! And I was really mad. Other than that misadventure, I love France, and Paris. The weather has been gorgeous and spring like and makes one dream.

So it’s back to real life for me. I may be a Knight now, but the phone company wasn’t impressed. My dogs aren’t impressed, I have to feed them now, and take out the garbage….and do some work….then I’ll do the dishes…..some laundry….I feel just like Cinderella after the ball!!!

love, Danielle


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5 Comments so far
  1. Rob March 18, 2014 12:08 pm


    I think you are amazing.

    You have received some much recognition for all the good you have done and yet you remain humble. I loved your book on helping the homeless. It inspired my own work in helping others.

    I read your books and find hope and healing in them.

    You faced one of life’s greatest hardships which is losing a child and yet you continue to let your light shine and share with the world.

    I am happy for you that you found such a precious gift of writing in yourself and used it for good by spreading a message of hope and overcoming adversity which seem to be a core theme in your writing. I call it the Christ message which I believe is why so many readers are attracted to your books.

    Keep up all your good work and if you ever get down or discouraged then think of all the good you have done and if your prayer at the time is “thank you” then that is enough.

    I think you would be a great mom and just know that you will always be connected to your son Nick through love.

    Truth, Wisdom, Love and Sincerity, to YOU.

    Rob Scott
    Chicago, IL

  2. P.J. March 19, 2014 8:59 am

    I know it is a pain, but check your bank statement every month to make sure the bank is debiting your account for the scheduled payments.
    I am a CPA and even with all the technological things I have, I manually review my bank account every single morning. Mistakes happen. Hope yours are now solved.

  3. sharon March 21, 2014 9:35 pm

    Hi…my name is Sharon..and i’m from Kerala…on my 16th birthday(11th march,2014)..i received one of your books as a gift from my friend..i love books a lot and this was the best book i’ve ever read..after reading this book i realised the fact that i fell in love with the author Danielle steel…thank you so much..that book meant a lot to me….after that book i read another one of yours …and deep inside my heart a question arose..which i asked my teacher and she said..”why don’t you ask her ?she would give you the right answer”..so can i ask you a question ….”Does life ,at the end, turn out the way we want? “…

    I read about you ..a lot ..in this site..thank you for opening up your heart…From what i’ve read i realised one great fact about you ….YOU ARE A GREAT MOM!!!!!! and that you love your kids a lot…
    THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!! once again for everything …


  4. terry laratta March 24, 2014 8:27 am

    You made my day, it is so nice to know that you are a real person with the same issues that we all have sometimes.

    I have been a fan for so long, enjoy everyone of your books and wait with anticipation for your next one.

    Congratulations on your award!!

    God Bess You!! You bring me so much joy!!

    Terry Laratta

  5. Ana Maria April 14, 2014 9:17 pm

    Dear Ms. Steel,

    I’m one of your loving readers whom have read over 89 of your books!I’m Brazilian and live in Rio de Janeiro and would like to wish lots of still-to-come MORE success.

    A warm regard ,
    Ana Maria