Yesterday... our family beach house survived Hurricane Sandy.
By, "survived," I mean... the house is still standing, and it could be much worse.
These pictures make my heart hurt.
They make me very, very sad...
I know how hard my Grandparents worked to make every inch of that home beautiful, and these pictures just break my heart... for them.
But for all that these pictures are... more than anything, they are a shining example of how very blessed my family is.
All of this damage happened to a beach house...
A luxury; one that my Grandparents worked very, very hard for... but a luxury all the same.
We are well aware that many others were hit much harder by Sandy's wrath, and our hearts go out to them.
As for us... we are thankful that this happened to a piece of our family history, and not a piece of our every day lives.
We all have somewhere to go tonight.. with a warm bed, and food on the table... we all have our health.
This is a second home, a summer home... and with hard work and time... it is all fixable.
Sometimes I feel the need to blog these things to help clear my head, but also to give my family a record of how things were at a given point in time.
Four months ago things looked like this:
And now... they look like this:
But that's okay.
Because for as happy as my Grandfather was to have the entire family together on Father's Day...
I do believe watching us all work together to clean up Sandy's mess will make him just as happy.
Only then will he understand how much respect we have for the history that they have given us.
You don't just love a beach house when it's sunny... you love it when it rains, too.
And so... we are allowed to be sad, but only when it is combined with being grateful.
Things could have been much worse.
What are my Grandfather's thoughts on all this??
Let's just say he is not a man of many words... he believes in a good strong drink, sleeping in separate beds, and keeping your chin up.
He said this:
"It's just a house."
And there it is folks... it's just a house.
PS.... Click this link... for more advice from my Grandparents... I think almost all of it can be used here too.