I am not going to re-post pictures of Long Beach under water or the Atlantic City boardwalk washed away. You can look online and find dozens of shots of broken tree limbs, a flying trampoline and the 110 homes that burned down in Breezy Point. I really don’t want a visual reminder of the horribleness surrounding my Long Island here on this Blog forever. I’ll leave them stored in my mind, not at all forgotten but not threatening to surprise me as I scroll through the Blog one day in the future.
I can’t not post anything though. Below is a shot of my kids in front of an uprooted tree and two shots taken when we lost power during Sandy. That’s it. We took one quick drive through town but other than that, we’ve been home for three days and counting. School is out all week. It’s very hard to find open gas stations and stores still have no milk or bread on the shelves, if they are even open. Traffic lights are out so it’s not safe to drive and cross major intersections.
A good chunk of my town has power and my home is one of the lucky ones. We were out for 24 hours when it turned back on. I almost feel silly for having it. How can we be so fortunate when so many others are not? I have a friend in the Rockaways where such devastation hit, a client in Long Beach who lost everything and I have an Aunt stranded in Long Beach right now where 5000 Port-A-Potties are being brought in and water isn’t safe to drink until at least Monday. They are flooded in and simply cannot get out. And here I am, online. On Facebook. Ridiculous.
Believe me, I am counting my blessings and then some. This was one of the big reasons we did not trick or treat yesterday. Of course we’re not scrooges and didn’t want to stop all fun for our children. They got dressed up and went to visit Grandma and a few neighbors and Aunts. We simply could not get on board with going house to house for candy when so many people are worried about loved ones and had family and friends who lost their homes and every single memory inside during Hurricane Sandy. Not only that, but it’s unsafe out there. Our town is still unlit in areas, there are tons of giant trees and branches on the ground and worst of all, lots of hanging power lines. We didn’t feel safe letting our kids walk around in these conditions.
I originally read that LIPA said expect power outages for 7-10 days and last night, I heard it could be up to 3 weeks in some areas. I don’t even know what to say about that. I am so thankful our power was restored quickly and I truly want to help others out there who aren’t so lucky right now. I can’t just go posting my home address on here for all to see but if you are a past client of mine and have it + no power, please stop by. If you are a long lost friend + no power, you are welcome too! If anyone needs a cup of hot coffee, a place to charge your cell phone or even just Disney channel for your kids to give you an hour break and you know where we live, our doors are open to you. If you have a way to send out e-mails, please do not hesitate to contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Miller family truly wants to help any and everyone that we can so please don’t be afraid to ask us if you need something. Huge, huge hugs and prayers to all of my Long Islanders who were crushed during Sandy.