They say Sandy was the storm of a lifetime and I hope they are right. The destruction left in her path is truly mind boggling for someone who has called the Jersey Shore home for nearly 15 years. It’s an odd feeling, escaping disaster by the skin of your teeth, but that is just what we did here in Cape May. Unlike the rest of the coast, we avoided most of problems that are plaguing other communities and had a relatively uneventful hurricane experience. We choose, against advisement, to ride out the storm on the second story apartment of Scott, along with Tiff and Samsters.
The dichotomy of feeling cozied up with your nearest and dearest, with electricity and near gourmet meals provided by Scott against the dire images and texts/Facebook messages we were getting from friends and loved ones was intense. These feelings only grew today as we made our way back to our little cottage and found that Mother Nature left her intact (minus a roof ornament that blew down, but that is hardly worth mentioning). I unpacked us back into our regular life, breathing with relief as I pulled on my running clothes for a 9 miler. I trotted through our little town, the images of other locales on the coast juxtaposed with what my eyes were seeing – some downed trees, lots of leaves but no actual problems. No road ripped up like in Avalon and Longport, no roller coaster in the ocean like Seaside, no sheds floating down the road like in Stone Harbor, no Asbury Ave underwater like in Ocean City, no hole where the boardwalk should be like in Atlantic City. My sadness for our coast today is settling into my bones, here for the long haul. I wish everything were as ok for everyone else tonight as it is for us in our little bubble in Cape May. Nights like this really make me wonder about luck and fate and climate and fear and hope.
Here is what Hurricane Sandy looked like from a Cape May perspective:
I post this tonight with a heavy heart and love to everyone out there affected by Sandy. We’ll get thought this, one tide at a time.
If you want to help, you can text REDCROSS to 90999 and they will tack on $10 to your phone bill. Easy-peasy.
How did Sandy affect you?