I've mentioned I'm from Jersey about 10,000 times on this blog. But did I mention that I grew up by the shore? Probably not because I don't like to get too specific about where I live, but I grew up in a town about 15-20 minutes from the beach. Growing up we called it "the beach" and I used to cringe when I went to college and heard people refer to it as "the shore". To me that was the surest sign you were not a local- when you went to "the shore" and not "the beac"h. So anyway, this shore, this beach, this state... it's my home. And now... it's gone. So much of what I know and love is gone.
When I was little my dad and I would go to the beach and sit on a bench, eating Ring Dings and watching the seagulls.
When I was a kid I went to Jenkinson's boardwalk every Thursday night to go on rides and see fireworks.
When I was a teenager we used to go to Manasquan Inlet before school, after school,
When I was bored I drove to the beach. I spent more time on the beach than not in my late teen years.
And then this summer, we didn't go. I wanted to take Landon to Seaside boardwalk but didn't...we said we'd just take him next summer when he was older... and now I regret it. Because it's gone. But we did go to Cape May in September. We introduced Landon to the beach... and I'm glad he got to experience part of it the way it originally was.
But for now I won't be blogging. I don't have power (or food- it's all thrown out) so there will be a small break until I have the ability to blog... but if you have it in you please donate. The Red Cross needs all the help they can get with this tragedy. You never think it'll be you- you never think it'll be your town on TV needing help... but sometimes, it is. And this time, it's us. So if you have it to give, please do.
I'll be back soon!