October 2012: Superstorm Sandy
October 2013: The ocean continues to return bits of what it stole last year. This piece of boardwalk was washed up on to the tide line this month in a nor’easter.
The one year anniversary coverage in the press is significant, but the recovery is far from complete. Yes, most boardwalks were restored. Yes, innumerable business reopened. But there is still so much to do to recover from this, the second costliest storm after Katrina.
Perhaps the bits and pieces of that appear on the tide line can serve as prompts to remind us of what still needs to be done to recover, although those whose lives are still in disarray do not need any reminders. Perhaps then these bits of what the ocean returns can serve as reminders to all of us of the sea’s potential to become furious, and of its unfathomable and often unpredictable power.
I love the ocean, the beach, the tide line, but this bit of boardwalk reminds me of what I was taught as a young child playing in the waves: “Never turn your back on the ocean.”
None of us should. Ever.