Memorial Day Weekend 2013: Everything Is Gonna Be OK

Screen shot 2013-05-28 at 10.33.07 AMIt was great to be down the shore this Memorial Day Weekend with my family. Hurricane Sandy hit our beaches hard last year and it was questionable if we’d be up and running Memorial Day Weekend 2013.

Things were pretty textbook down in Bradley Beach this weekend. The boardwalk was packed with vendors selling cheese steaks and zeepoles. JD made sand art, jumped in a bounce house and drank fresh-squeezed lemonade.

The old-school mini golf course that stood on the boardwalk was completely flooded and destroyed by Sandy, but in its place, a brand new, better than ever mini golf for the community and vacationers to enjoy.

At night, the light house glows and there’s even water under bridges and fountains springing and bubbling with water.

We thought the shore might be just a memory. We were wrong. Time to make new memories.

It was remarkable to see the crowds. See the ocean pulling in and out. Uncle Carlo played mini golf with JD as usual. In a weekend or 2 we’ll be fishing, I’m sure. My son and his little beach buddy, Zach, both taller and wiser (ha!), chased each other in the park on the boardwalk at dusk.

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I rested my hands on the gate, stared out at the ocean and the sky, aglow in pink and orange. Bad things happen. Then things work out. It takes time, resilience and people who care.

The salt air, the laughing kids, and the gooey cheese steak—I know everything will be OK. There’s more to be done … but we’re getting there. Jersey Strong, baby!

How was your  MDW? Did you make it down to the Jersey Shore?

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