So….it’s been a long while. And we’ve been busy. Building a dining room table, cooking, crafting, going back to school, and going on vacation.
One word that means so much to the weary soul, and we had one wonderful vacation. I received the pictures from the trip this week and it seems I took 150 or so pictures. 120 were of the beach.
I like the beach. A lot. I might even be a little bit angry that I’m no longer there. The rest of the family feels the same way, see for yourselves.
How do you not love that?
But while there was so much beauty there was also sadness. You see, where we vacationed, is also where so much devastation occurred during Hurricane Sandy. And to this day so much still remains. Luckily, Papa’s grandmothers beach house only had to be gutted on the inside and rebuilt. Many people were not so lucky. As we drove from Lavallette towards Mantoloking to go home it became more than obvious just how much help is still needed nearly a year later.
It’s more than a little bit humbling to see in pictures, and quite another thing altogether to see in person. The only thing I wanted to do as we drove off the island was roll up my sleeves and help. Do something. Anything. There are many people with For Sale signs outside their doors at the shore this year. Many people who don’t want to, or can’t, rebuild, who are still waiting for FEMA, or if they were lucky, insurance, to jump in and get the funds to put their lives back together. If we lived in the area, I’d be finding a way to do something without a seconds thought. If you’re in a position to do something, please do it.
I might have been born and bred on the west coast, but the Jersey shore and it’s residents captured my heart many, many years ago.