The Stages of Sandy

The Stages of Sandy

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As we are all well aware, this past week will never be forgotten for us in the tri-state area. At the moment, I am safe and sound at Jonathan’s apartment and preparing to go into work tomorrow. My Long Beach apartment is just fine, but as for the rest of the house, my landlord has a long road ahead.

I feel so blessed. My loved ones are safe and I have a place to stay with someone I love. My heart goes out to all the families who lost their homes, or even worse, someone close to them. These pictures represent my own journey through Hurricane Sandy with quick shots taken, when I could think of it, from my iPhone.

Before

A gorgeous Long Beach sunrise. This was taken just 2 weeks ago.
LIPA recruits heading into Bethpage State Park preparing for a long week ahead.
The Stop and Shop bread aisle…one day before Sandy hit.

During

Chess (by candlelight) the first night.
Our makeshift “stove top.”
Rummy 500 the 2nd night.

After

People keep using the word ‘devastated.’ I didn’t understand until I saw for myself.
Unbelievable water lines on the side of this condominium next to the boardwalk.
Residents tried to park up on the curbs to avoid the water, but to no avail.

My Mom, sister, Halo, and I went for a walk today through Merrick. As we walked, it was easy to see how the individuals of Long Island came together in the midst of tragedy. We spoke to so many people about their loved ones and property. We were stopped multiple times by people asking which was the “best way” to get to certain roads. I had to smil when one kind woman stopped to ask directions, but was taken aback by Halo’s handsomeness! She stopped mid-sentence to tell us how good-looking he was, and then continued on asking for directions.

On the way home, we walked by this:

Beautiful.

In the wake of so much destruction, the ability to see a bright side is truly a gift. I know the past few days have been tragic for so many individuals. I hope we can, and know we will, rise stronger. Until then, we can find joy in watching the members of so many different communities support each other.

Finally, if there is anything I can do, just give a call. It may take you a while to get through, but I’ll be glad you did.

xo,

Cynthia

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