Dear Jersey Shore,
(this is for those of you who are there, repairing or replacing your kitchens and complete homes. And to those of you who haven't actually seen the destruction in person).
Dear Jersey Shore,
I haven't been down to see you since Sandy paid you a visit last October. That changed yesterday when my dh and I rented a Uhaul trailer to take some furniture to my daughter's summer apartment in Sea Bright. I cannot express the sadness I felt, even after all these months since the storm.
The sand covering your sidewalks, the stairs that used to lead from the sidewalk over the sea wall are now just dangling in the air.
All of your evergreen trees and bushes are dead. I suppose from the salt water that flooded them. And how odd they look, not only are they all brown but they are all leaning away from the ocean. As are all the trees and shrubs.
Piles of furniture are still piled up outside of homes. I saw the shell of a grandfather clock lying in a pile of debris in front of a home.
My daughter tells me that you are looking so much better than you were before she left for her winter job in Florida. But still, it is hard to see. Many houses are gorgeous and new, obvious that they were able to find a contractor to help them rebuild it. And then there are the houses that are boarded up with the word "DO!" on the front. DO? DO knock it down? DO Repair?
And the whole time as we drove up and down Ocean Drive, I was hearing Bruce Springsteen singing "My Hometown". The radio wasn't on. I just heard it.
So, to my GW friends who live there. I just wanted to say that I saw the damage for myself in person. Photos do not do it justice. In fact, I didn't take any photos because I knew that they cannot tell this story. I also wanted to share this with all those of you who are not close enough and will never experience seeing it in person.
I have no motive for posting this, I'm not telling you to donate to anything, etc. But I just felt I had to share this with you. Keep the people who suffered so terribly from Sandy in your thoughts. I think they need it.
I can see how the Jersey Shore will rebuild and it will be stronger. There was evidence of that yesterday. But there is such a long way to go.