I want to share a little bit of the backstory behind Horatio In The Wind. From a very young age, likely soon after I started talking, I exhibited an unusual fear of dying. I’d often cry on my dad's lap because I knew one day I'd die.
My mom tried to ease my fear by telling me it would be long before I died, but I knew she had no way of knowing. I could die any day.
My parents believed the circumstances behind my mom's pregnancy had a lot to do with my fear. There's hardly any other explanation. I had no death related trauma as a child.
My mom spent the last four months of her pregnancy bed ridden. I was too big for her. She also lived 300 miles away from her dad, who struggled with heart issues that led to open surgery the month prior to my birth. There was a lot of worrying about loosing either of us.
The fear of death started to fade away in the fifth grade, when I wrote a short story for school titled La Muerte de la Muerte, Spanish for Death of Death.
The hand written story, kept by my mom as a memento of the time, marked the origin of what Horatio in the Wind is now, and the beginning of how I released my fear of dying.
Today helping others release this fear through stories is my life's purpose. I hope you are able to grieve, move on and enjoy life to the fullest.