|Words and photo by F LoBuono|
Man, we've taken one hell of a beating. Sandy was a very nasty lady. We all suffered some from her wicked embrace but many lost EVERYTHING. In fact, to call what most of us experienced suffering would be a gross misuse of the term. I have seen first hand those who are truly in dire straits. The Jersey Shore, Coney Island, Staten Island, The Rockaways, and many other areas directly on the coast were decimated. In simple terms, they got SMASHED. It will be months for a return to any type of normalcy for these people and years for any real, lasting recovery. In fact, I believe that many of these communities will remain fundamentally changed forever. It is truly sad. But is also a part of life. It is the yin and yang that IS life. I remarked on this blog about how extraordinary the natural beauty of The Rockaways is. It is the reason that people risk so much to live there. But there is a price to pay. And these people paid for it dearly.
However, even disasters such as this one are a part of the fabric of existence. The land is devastated. The people are exhausted. The damage done. The scars apparent. But, if you look for it, you can see that the healing has already begun. Nature has its rhythm. It's a constant cycle of change - birth, growth, death - over and over again. We have experienced a sort of death and, now, it's time for the healing cycling to begin again.
A family of squirrels found these discarded pumpkins in the yard of my apartment. They quickly broke the surface of the pumpkins to get at the seeds within. What a feast!!! It's such a simple and seemingly insignificant thing. But it is not. It is a sign. Feast and famine. Famine and feast. Life goes on. It must.