"I've been a New Yorker for so many years, but [after the attacks] I couldn't wait to get back to Charleston," she said. "I was thrilled to be here. Small-town, USA, here I come! It was fantastic."
There was a nervousness that had settled upon her that she associated with New York. It took her months to come to terms with what she had witnessed.
Her parents were born and raised in New York City, and moved to Charleston shortly after Greenblatt was born. From the time she was 4 and took her first trip to the Big Apple, the city took on magical proportions for Greenblatt.
She knew that she would live there someday ... and she will again.
"Ultimately, I think I will go back to live full time," she said. "Probably in the not-too-distant future. But this has been a great refuge."
It's a different New York to which she will return, however.
"No matter how many times I flew into New York, when the plane banked toward the airport and you could see the skyline, I always had this swell in my chest," she said. "Now, when I see that same view, my heart sort of drops. The fantasy city of my childhood is kind of ruined.
"I'm hoping that fantasy feeling will come back some day."
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