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Sandy, Part II


It’s not like me to be all “Let’s focus on the positive!” or “Let’s look at the bright side!” It’s more like me to make fun of those people. But this past week has had some highlights for us, so as promised…

Part II: The Things That Didn’t Suck About Sandy

… subtitled “Every Hurricane Has a Silver Lining

  • The resiliency of New Yorkers and the human spirit in general

Sorry if this too “Kumbayah” for you, but people can just be amazing, you know? Neighbors helping neighbors and people pulling together when their chips are down. It warms the heart. I’ll leave it at that.

  • Grammy & Pop staying with us for three days

Grammy and Pop are awesome. Even when Grammy has some bad throat infection/flu type thing, she’s awesome. So having them here, right under our roof, for three days was all kinds of fun for the kids. They never tired (or at least never showed that they tired) of playing, reading books, watching kids’ TV or listening to the kids talk and talk and talk and talk…

They were finally able to get back into their home on Wednesday and while we were so happy for them, Happy Dude hasn’t stopped walking around the house saying, “Pop? Where Pop go? Pop play cars and trucks?”

OK, you know what? This post is done.

I had a few other bullet points about the “bright side” of Sandy – specifically the awesomeness of the NYU NICU nurses that carried all of their patients – PREEMIE BABIES – down nine flights of stairs so that those babies could be safely transferred to another hospital. (I’m sorry, but did that story kill you as much as it did me? The idea that those little tiny human beings had to be uprooted but that the nurses loved them enough to carry them and all of their equipment to safety? I kept thinking about their mothers, who may or may not have known what was happening?? Ugh, ugly cry.)

BUT, as I’m typing, I’m half-watching the Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together special. What’s better than Bon Jovi & Bruuccce on TV? Jersey, represent. (Oh yeah, Billy Joel was allowed to come, too.) And as I’m watching these photos and videos documenting the havoc Sandy has wreaked, the devastation up and down the East Coast – especially to a much beloved New York City and Jersey Shore – a Pollyanna post looking at the bright side just doesn’t seem appropriate.

Screw the bright side.

I am so glad all of my family and friends and neighbors are safe.

I am also so very, very sorry for those of you that are suffering from loss of any kind.


If their website isn’t working (experiencing high volume is a good thing!), you can use this iTunes/RedCross link as well.

It’s time to recover.

Photo credit: Michael Reynolds / EPA / October 31, 2012