My heart goes out to my neighbors in Delaware, New Jersey and New York who suffered the worst losses of Hurricane Sandy. The devastation of our eastern coastline and flooding inside the greatest city in the world has shaken us to the core. Our Pennsylvania community fared better, though my family remained in a constant state of terror as torrential rain, wind gusts of 80 mph, and sustained winds of 50 mph raged for more than twenty-four hours.
While the super storm blew, we feared that one of the eighteen oak trees on our property would fall on our house. Fortunately, that didn’t happen. (A good reminder why we keep the trees trimmed and healthy.) Since we don’t live in a flood prone area of Pennsylvania and the utility cables here are buried underground, we didn’t suffer water damage or lose power. A miracle! Our lawn is littered with debris, which will take weeks to clean up. Otherwise, we made it through Hurricane Sandy with little more than frayed nerves. Life is slowly returning to normal. I pray those who lost their homes and possessions will soon be able to say the same.