This Gratitude Friday, I am glad for the safety of those who were caught in Hurricane Sandy’s path. In particular, my dear aunt who lives on the river, as well as my great-aunt and great-uncle who lived on Barnegat Bay, in the community of Mantoloking.
My great-aunt and great-uncle were evacuated and waited out the storm at their son’s house in Princeton, NJ.
My aunt remained in the home my grandfather built. The house was flooding with the water and she luckily was woken up by her cat. She noticed the floor was getting damp so got up to save some things off low shelves and grab supplies. The water continued to rush in, building to a foot of depth in 30 minutes. Having time to get necessities up to the second floor, it is there that they waited out the storm while Sandy’s waves pounded upon the side of the house and the yard/deck was washed away.
Usually when you see coverage such as this, the places are more foreign. But, I watch the news anxiously from Switzerland, recognizing neighborhoods, bridges, and places that are very fond to me.
The sun is now shining in New Jersey and the waters are receding. However, the media reports that Sandy will forever change the face of the Jersey Shore. I cannot fathom the impact on those who lost homes, possessions, and livelihoods.
I know that I am just grateful for the hurricane for sparing the most important things to many of us…the people. And even still, not everyone is able to say that this week. So thankful that you are safe and sound, Aunt J, Great-Aunt M and Great-Uncle G. I wish for you strength and peace for the clean-up and moving forward.
Bon weekend, everyone.