As we enter into day 5 of the recovery from Sandy, I am actually realizing that next to 9/11 this is actually one of the worst things my city has ever been through…in some ways almost worse than 9/11.
I, like most, am glued to my TV watching Sandy coverage. My poor husband is sick of it.
I am watching story after story, people who are cold without heat and power, people who have lost everything and are hungry…
There was one story of people going through a huge dumpster looking for SOME kind of food any kind of food…
And I can barely type this without having tears in my eyes…but I keep watching about the woman who lost her two young boys 2 & 4, who were ripped out of her arms, while trying to get away from the surge.
The stories are endless and heartbreaking.
This is our Katrina.
People still need to be rescued. People need to be fed.
POWER needs to be restored. Immediately.
Homes…million dollar homes…and modest homes are destroyed.
A member of my church family’s daughter was electrocuted when she stepped into the water outside her home…
Do I need to rest my case?
I heard a reporter say today that “There is a thin line between sensitivity and resilience”
I love the marathon, every November I curl up in my bed and watch the coverage ALL day and marvel at how amazing these runners are.
A few years ago, I volunteered for the event, witnessing first hand how hard it was for people at mile 16, handing out water and guiding ailing runners to medics.
Right now however, we have a different focus.
I understand that people have plans, I understand people have trained, I understand that there is a lot of money that comes into the city because of this race.
No one know more about resilience than New Yorkers…its our middle name.
It’s simply too soon.
Someone even suggested postponing, (which would be great) or running it on Sunday in Central Park only (which is even better) but running through Staten Island, where they are still recovering bodies…?
He made the right move.
Do you guys think the Marathon should happen?