On Monday, October 29, 2012….the wrath of Hurricane Sandy hit Long Island…and for 7 days the Marino’s of Miller Place were without power and warmth. But that is nothing compared to the devastation seen in Long Beach….Fire Island….Breezy Point….Lindenhurst…Staten Island….and so many other towns and counties. The saddest of them all for me: (cited from:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/01/bodies-of-two-missing-staten-island-brandon-moore-connor-moore_n_2059596.html)
Two young brothers swept from the arms of their mother by the violent sea at the height of Superstorm Sandy were found dead in a marsh Thursday, a tragic exclamation mark on an epic storm.
The boys, 2-year-old Brandon and 4-year-old Connor Moore, were sucked into the swirling floodwaters as their mother, Glenda Moore, tried to escape her SUV after it stalled Monday in the deluge on Staten Island, one of the areas hardest hit by the storm that has claimed 90 lives.
“Terrible, absolutely terrible,” Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said as he announced that the bodies had been discovered on the third day of a search that included police divers and sniffer dogs.
“It just compounds all the tragic aspects of this horrific event.”
Police said the 39-year-old mother had driven from her flooded home toward her sister’s house in Brooklyn when the car became stuck about 6:10 p.m. Monday, forcing her to confront the rising water and the relentless cadence of pounding waves as she clung to her boys’ arms.
“As the water swelled she lost her grip of her children and they were swept away,” police said in a release.
Kelly said the mother “was totally, completely distraught. She started looking for them herself, asking people to help her look.”
After the boys disappeared, police said, Moore fled and in a panic climbed fences and went door-to-door looking in vain for help in a neighborhood that was presumably largely abandoned in the face of the storm.
Police said she flagged down an emergency vehicle about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday and authorities began their search. Police said she told them she tried to find help and eventually gave up, spending the night trying to shield herself from the storm on the front porch of an empty home.
As a mother myself it is unfathomable to think about what this mother is going through right now…it brings me to tears. Makes me feel blessed that we only lost power and the food in our refrigerator….blessed that we are only dealing with issues of getting gas…waiting on long lines…and now following the odd and even days rule….today being an even day because it is the 10th of November…and if the last number on your license plate is an even number…you can get gas today. And I feel thankful….for our family and friends close by (who had power)…for helping us with so much laundry…meals and warmth over the seven days.
What I am also thankful for are the memories mean Sandy created for the Marino family:
playing charades…playing scrabble…huddling with my four children and my husband over the fire….snuggling them up on the floor in the den…all of them together….keeping each other warm….and feeling safe…..my best memory though is this one:
On Monday night….the night of the Hurricane…our four children decided to go into the basement…they each brought a flashlight…and my oldest his guitar….they played cards…just hanging out spending time together…and then Zach decided that he would play his guitar…and quickly taught himself how to play the song: Everybody Talks by Neon Trees (happens to be a favorite of theirs)…..and for the next 20 minutes or so…he played the song…and all four of them sang together.
So I feel thankful and blessed that mean Sandy only took our power and food….because as you watch the devastation she caused across Long Island…and in the five boroughs of NYC I realize how lucky some of us really were and are.
MY SWEET SWEET KATIE
My Katie has been a little sad lately…..and seeing her so sad breaks my heart….when she came home from school on Friday…she still seemed just not herself. Katie and I love to shop together…get our nails and toes done…all of that “girlie stuff”….but Katie needed to spend time with me…and it needed to be quality time…so the two of us decided that Friday’s would now be: Fancy Feast Friday….we were going to make a very fancy dinner..and enjoy as a family.
We even used the fine China…which I am really not sure why I registered for when I first got engaged…so silly….November 6, 2012 was our 19 year anniversary…and November 8, 2012…was the very first time my Charleston collection by Lenox was eaten on…..we also put our drinks in fancy glasses…wrapped up the silverware with napkins and then tied with pretty ribbon…..we prepared dinner and set the table…working hard from 3:30 until 8:00 last night…..and Katie even printed up the menu as seen above.
It was such a wonderful four and a half hours with my Katie…she was so happy….excited…and proud of herself…and us…for making dinner so fancy…and seeing the smile on her face was what this mama needed.
And as Thanksgiving is upon us…..I am reminded once again of how thankful and grateful I am for all that I have in my life…for being spared the devastation that impacted this Island…..hoping that over the next weeks and months…and more….those who suffered will somehow manage to move forward. My heart goes out especially to the mama of those young boys…may she find support and love in those around her.