I feel like it was just Christmas, I blinked and now it’s March!

Time really does fly… In five years, I will have lived half my life in Norway!

While Norway is my home now and I have no regrets, New Jersey is where I come from and where my loyalties will always reside.

I follow a blog called, It’s All About Purple. It’s written by Debbie, in New Jersey (we went to school together). I’m especially fond of this blog because it always makes me feel at “home” and  somehow -a little closer to New Jersey.

Yesterday’s post especially pulled on my heartstrings.

In late September 2012 Super-Storm Sandy made landfall near Atlantic City NJ, which was already mostly underwater due to a full moon and high tides. The storm slammed the New Jersey coastline with 90 mph winds. Registered only as a category 1 on a scale of five, it packed astoundingly low barometric pressure, which gave it tremendous energy to push water inland. The storm caused massive power outages, that went on for weeks. People were left stranded and some dead. It destroyed tens of thousands of businesses and homes. It ripped away parts of our famous boardwalks and blew the sand from our beaches. It was the nightmare you never think will really happen.

All over the world devastating disasters such as this strike and we feel tremendous sorrow. Unfortunately, as the media buzz around them dies so does our interest. That’s why with summer on the way, I just want to shout out, “I haven’t forgotten about you New Jersey and I’m rooting for you to come back, bigger and better than ever!”

Read Debbie’s post and see pictures (not of devastation, only the beauty) of our Jersey Shore, here.


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 March 1, 2013, in all things American, Photos, Stories in general and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 17 Comments.

  1. Great post Maggie!!!! You even have a shirt!!! Where did you get that? I want to get something like that, but not sure where to get it and from whom?? By the way, I loved your moon pictures!!!!!!!!

  2. Thanks, Debbie! I posted a link (for the tee-shirt) on your Facebook page. 🙂

  3. Great pic! When I see Jersey on anything anymore….I always think of it being your “home”. It is a lucky woman to be able to claim two countries. ♥

  4. where can i get one of those new jersey TTTTTT!

  5. It is easy to forget disasters when they are far away. We forget that when some of us suffer, we all suffer. Thank you for your life affirming post….

  6. New haircut is darling! Poor New Jersey. We won’t forget . . .

  7. Love the picture – this is great! Super funky. 🙂 It’s amazing what technology can do to bring us together, eh?

  8. thanks mags, for the wonderful shout out of support!! a great entry, i hope many more get to read it!!

  9. itsallaboutpurple

    and btw, you look adorable!!

  10. is it hard to get a job in norway? if u are not graduated any course?

  11. and how much is the average salary in norway?

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