I’m reblogging a post I wrote (long ago) in honor of all those fighting to get their lives back to normal after Super-Storm Sandy. Even though I now live in Norway, my heart will always be in New Jersey. xxoo


I’m here today, sipping a glass of sweet iced tea and ready to give my definition of a real honest to goodness Jersey girl. I’d also like to pay tribute to all those girls like myself, who’s path led them elsewhere. (You know who you are)

Any girl born in the state of New Jersey can call herself a Jersey girl and I won’t argue with that. However, in my opinion a true Jersey girl is born and raised in the salty air of the Jersey Shore. She grows up with tan lines on her shoulders and sand between her toes.

Contrary to the girls we see on reality television series such as Jersey Shore, Jersey Housewives and Jerseylicious, we don’t all have big hair, smoky eyes and are dripping in costume jewelry. I’ve caught a few episodes from these programs and must admit, I laughed in spite…

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About maggiemyklebust

I grew up on the Jersey Shore and now live in Norway. I have also lived in Houston and the Netherlands. I have written a memoir called Fly Away Home.

Posted on October 31, 2012, in writing. Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. I remember the March storm of 1962. My beach, across from Cape May, was fairly devastated. I lost my awesome comic book collection in the flooding. Eventually, everything was rebuilt, the sand was rearranged, and there were some new and interesting inlets to the salt marshes. At an early age I learned that people are resilient and life is tenacious.

  2. The devastation from Sandy in unimaginable. My heart goes out to all those good folks on the East Coast and beyond. Is your family there safe?

    • Thanks Robin.
      Everyone is safe but they’ve lost a lot. I haven’t been able to talk with them all because they still have no power. I did get a few words with my son…

      • They showed on the news this morning stores and other places with power opening up so people can charge their phones and laptops. If it wasn’t so sad, the sight was rather comical. People sitting on the floor next to outlets waiting for their phone to charge.

        Glad to hear your family is ok-ish.

      • Yeah, but the cell phone coverage isn’t good and my parents are so old school, they won’t even use cell phones. They also live right on the shore, up in the worst of it. I feel further away than ever…

  3. Hi Maggie. May God bless you along with all the souls living along the east coast who have been vicitmized by the brutal Hurricane. I send out my prayers and positive energy your way.

  4. Hey, Maggie. My newspaper in Oregon mentioned Brick Township in its coverage of Sandy today and I immediately thought of you and your family and had to come over to your blog and check in. My heart goes out to your loved ones–and to you, being so far away. My best friends are in northern New Jersey and New York, and of course my childhood memories are there too. I’m aching for everyone who has lost so much. I felt this kind of disconnect from my roots right after 9/11 too–not being there when people I love were suffering, and yet being there emotionally from my perch on the West Coast.

  5. Thank you.
    If anyone understands how I’m feeling it’s you, Laura. And yes, it (almost) feels like 9/11 all over again. My heart goes out to them all.
    Except for a tree in my parents swimming pool and my brother’s house and cars flooded, my family is fine. They’re still without electricity and its hard to get through on their cell phones. I hope all your friends and family are also well.

    • My heart does too, Maggie. The few northern Jersey friends I’ve checked in on are all okay–I’ve heard stories of power outages, a broken skylight, a broken window and lots of downed trees, but I haven’t heard from my friend whose family has a house in Point Pleasant. Last I heard her mom was living there year-round and my friend was in Florida, so she may be disconnected from her family right now too.

  6. Pt. Pleasant was hit hard I hope she’s okay..

  7. itsallaboutpurple

    we are a whole ‘nother breed maggie. you have to know or be a jersey girl to get it!! sandy took us to our knees but we will rebuild and be better then ever!!

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