|Strathmere, NJ during Hurricane Sandy – October 29, 2012
This is the street where my aunt and uncle’s beach house is,
where we vacation each year. You can see their house in the distance, I think.
I can’t watch the news coverage of Hurricane Sandy. I can’t stand it.
I can’t stay away from it either.
Here in Pittsburgh, we are not directly in the path of the hurricane. We’re feeling more than the residual effects, absolutely. It’s raining, and the winds are kicking up, and we just got word that the kids will have no school tomorrow.
But as regular readers know, I’m a Philly girl who vacations on the Jersey coast where Sandy reportedly just made landfall and who most recently lived in Delaware. Practically everyone in my life is there. (Except for The Husband’s parents, who are with us for the next 10 days because of The Husband’s surgery on Thursday.)
Still, even watching this coverage from more than 400 miles away, I am heartsick at this.
How do you people in Florida and along the Gulf Coast do this, time after time?
I think I am beginning to understand the answer to that. I confess, I never quite understood that before today.
You stay because you are rooted in place, in memory and history, right? Because that place and those memories have become part of you, embedded in your soul?
Because you know, you hope, you need to believe in better days?
|Sunset over Strathmere, NJ ~ June 2011
Photo taken by me during our last vacation.
I get that now.
Oh, I so get that.
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