Seeing the videos of the horrific devastation of the shore lifestyle that once was New Jersey is tantamount to horror for so many people. When I’ve clicked on FaceBook and so many other social media sites these last few days in the aftermath of the storm, I can’t even begin to express my deep feelings of sorrow for the people suffering such loss.
It’s horrible. My heart goes out to these people. Let’s keep them in our thoughts and prayers.
If you’ve never been to Seaside Heights and the boardwalk you may not quite understand the feelings New Jersey residents and many more have deep in their psyche, it was a part of their youth. Many childhoods were spent at the “shore” as we call it, the Jersey version of a vacation, a family get-away, all washed away in the many hours of that horrific storm. The hundred year-old Merry-Go Round is in the Atlantic Ocean. The Ferris wheel and roller-coaster that you could see from the road, welcoming you to the fun of the shore all in the water. The boardwalk, nothing but kindling washing up on the shore. The whole town of Seaside is underwater, gas lines are leaking and the news people are stating that a spark could set what’s left up into flames.
It’s hard to put into words an ideal, a way of life, the unfathomable feeling that was what was lost during this storm, too. So much more than the monetary loss though that will be substantial, was lost to this terrible storm. Childhood innocence and fantasies, family bonding and memories to be made, they too were lost. And of course the lives. Let me not belittle the lives lost. For those I am heartily sorry for death is never an easy thing. These people will be missed. Hopefully people do not mix the real Jersey Shore with the show of those 20-something muscle bound and air-headed drinking buffoons with reality, for there was and is so much more there. It shall rise again from the water and flames, better than before!
Atlantic City’s Pier did not fare much better. There are parts of the historic boardwalk broken off and in the water and street. Governor Christie is on the scene and has it locked down. He is a man of action and if anyone can handle this natural disaster I have trust in him to do the job as well as can be accomplished. Good luck to them all at this time.
I can’t even imagine losing my house and all I own, it must be horrific. My heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to all those in the tri-State area surviving this mass tragedy. We here in the West can only feel sympathy, empathy and an odd sense of utter helplessness as we are overwhelmed by the news yet there is nothing we can do but listen, and not know about our friends and families and yet hope they are okay. God Bless and be well.
(c) Evelyn Garone 10/31/12