As I held my scared, five year-old daughter and my brave, seven year-old son in my arms through the howling winds Monday night outside of Philadelphia, I was fortunate and thankful that they were still lying in my arms safe and sound the next morning.
I am sure that many families felt the same way.
CNN reported that "Sandy whipped torrents of water over the streets of Atlantic City, stretching for blocks inland and ripping up part of the vacation spot's fabled boardwalk. The storm surge set records in lower Manhattan, where flooded substations caused a widespread power outage. It swamped beachfronts on both sides of Long Island Sound and delivered hurricane-force winds from Virginia to Cape Cod as it came ashore."
CBS News reported that "People in the coastal corridor battered by superstorm Sandy took the first cautious steps to reclaim routines upended by the disaster, even as rescuers combed neighborhoods strewn with debris and scarred by floods and fire. But while New York City buses returned to darkened streets eerily free of traffic and the New York Stock Exchange prepared to reopen its storied trading floor Wednesday, it became clear that restoring the region to its ordinarily frenetic pace could take days — and that rebuilding the hardest-hit communities and the transportation networks that link them together could take considerably longer."
But New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said it best, explaining, "We will get through the days ahead by doing what we always do in tough times — by standing together, shoulder to shoulder, ready to help a neighbor, comfort a stranger and get the city we love back on its feet."
Our lives will resume slowly as we recover from this vicious natural disaster. We must always remember that tragedy makes us stronger as people and as families. Although you may not have power or heat, please be grateful that you still have each other!
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