This is a familiar sight in my neighborhood since Hurricane Sandy blew in last week.
My family is very fortunate. No one in my family was hurt, no trees slammed into our home and there was no water in our basement. We were without power and hot water for five very cold days, but unlike many others along the Jersey coast, lower Manhattan, Long Island, Staten Island and even Connecticut – we are lucky that we still have a home.
Gone however is the beach playground I spent 15 fun-filled summers growing up at. I intimately knew this Jersey Shore long before the reality show. I loved riding the Log Flume and the swings, having a slice at The Sawmill, seeing my parents plunk down $1 for a chance to win a new fancy sports car from one of the local churches, drinking a lemonade from Midway, eating frozen custard from Kohr’s or zeppoles from 3 Brothers Pizza, playing the 25 cent stands at Dotty’s or a claw machine over at Lucky Leo’s.
The Seaside Park Funtown Pier before Hurricane Sandy on the left, after on the right
Seeing the images of destruction at both the Funtown Amusement and Casino Piers of Seaside Heights with the rides now sitting in the Atlantic Ocean and the boardwalk where I won so many stuffed animals, dolls, baseball cards, candy, cassette tapes, mirrored pictures and toys at washed away, makes my heart truly ache.
Seaside Heights Casino Pier before the storm on the left – and the famous rollercoaster in the ocean, a symbol of the tragedy of Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey on the right.
My kidlets will never know or experience the Jersey Shore like I did, but I know that these shore communities will rebuild and once again there will be the sounds of lifeguards blowing their whistles at the swimmers, laughter from kids as they ride the amusements and cheers from the people who win at their game of chance.
There is lots of devastation following this storm. There are so many families and people in need and I urge you if you can, to donate to the victims of Hurricane Sandy. I have many friends and family of friends who have to rebuild their entire lives following this storm. Any and all donations to a legitimate charity out there – here is a helpful list of organizations from CNN – is greatly needed and appreciated.
We donated to the American Red Cross and the company that The Hubs & I work at is making a matching donation. You should check with your place of employment or local companies, they may also match your donation to the victims of this storm.
With this being the month of November and Thanksgiving is just a few short weeks away, I am truly counting my blessings of my family, friends and home following this storm – and tomorrow I’ll be sharing some of those.
Now it’s your turn to share. Do you have a favorite memory of the Jersey Shore? If so, please share it here!
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