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Tuesday, October 30, 2012


Normally I try and keep my blog a place of positivity. I don’t focus on the extremely personal or the extremely depressing. But right now I have to take a slight diversion from our regularly scheduled programming to talk about the impact of Hurricane Sandy.  If this isn’t your thing, please skip.

I grew up on the South Shore of Long Island. There is a canal at the end of my block and the ocean is a 5 minute bike ride away. The town itself is quiet and peaceful. I knew most of my neighbors and some were even like family.  My house has a very strong family tradition.  It was built in the late 1940s and purchased by my Grandparents. They moved in and had my father. He grew up in that house.  My Grandparents passed away when I was young, and when the house was empty we moved in. I had the opportunity to grow up in the same house that my Dad grew up in.  We attended the same High School and even had some of the same teachers. In all the years of my family owning this house, it has never flooded. 

Last night my home flooded. The storm surge was worse than expected and there was no way to keep the water out.  I found out from a friend and neighbor (we grew up across the street from each other) that her parent’s house flooded severely. This prompted me to call my parents to find out what the situation was. “It was much worse than expected.” I had a brief conversation with my parents where they told me they were safe on the second floor. I’m very happy for their safety and thankful that everyone is in one piece.  But the home, I feel sadness for my home.

I’m still waiting to hear updates from my parents. I have heard rumors of the water receding in other towns on Long Island, which makes me hopeful. I know the worst of it is over, but I can’t help but be afraid of the damage report. My heart goes out to all of those on the East Coast who are recovering this morning.


  1. Oh no :( I'm so sorry, hon. I'm glad your parents are ok and that you were able to get in contact with them, but that sucks about the house :( I hope the water levels go down (if they aren't already) and they are able to get repairs so the house can live on for more generations.

  2. Oh no :( I'm so so sorry to hear this. I'm so glad to hear that your parents are okay though, I hope that the damage isn't too bad.

  3. That's horrible. Glad your parents are ok though!

  4. I know how you feel dear, since 2 years ago i was affected by hurricane karl and my mom and i lost most of our things, but the important remain, our little flat was ok, we have to clean a lot, remove the useless things, but at the end, our house is there, and we still live in it.
    Your parents are ok, and everything is going to be fine, at the end the material things are not important when your family and people that you love is ok.
    I've been praying for all the people of the east coast, and your family would be on my prayers today.

  5. This is so awful. My heart goes out to all those affected

  6. I am soo sorry to hear that. I am really glad your parents and neighbors are ok for the moment. It must be terrifying for you all.

  7. So sorry to hear this Lauren, thankfully your parents are ok, and hopefully all of the damage is repairable... xo

  8. I am so sorry to hear about your home. I am so glad your parents are alright though. I have been watching the devastation on the news and it is breaking my heart. I hope the damage isn't too bad.

  9. I'm so sorry to hear your family has been affected by the hurricane :( It's so sad that your house got flooded

  10. that's awful - it's such a hard thing too - my in laws house has flooded twice and it's just so worrysome and every time you leave the house you worry (the seoncd time it flooded they were on vacation). i hope your family is able to recover from it easily

    <3 katherine
    of corgis and cocktails


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