Photo by Stephan
Photo by Stephan


Today we happily walked along the Beach, Cell Phones left at Home...All we wanted to hear was the Sounds of the Birds and the Laughter of the Children, and the Surfers riding the Waves as the Sun Smiled down as she shared her warmth.

What a difference a few days made. Last Saturday we were being told we had to Evacuate from the Jersey Shore, "Hurricane Irene" was coming. Of course we had mixed emotions of leaving and wondering what we would come home to. We live across the street from the Bay, which meets the ocean 8 blocks away! There was going to be a full Moon and the back Bay was expected to Crest...and so we packed, took our "Elderly Neighbors" from around the corner and left. We were heading towards Philly and the Hilton Hotel near the Airport. Every place we had called was booked up. This was the closest location (an hour a way). Prices were high, Advantage was being taken...Human Nature?

I took with me my "late Mother-in-laws" 2 Rings and our "Mac's", and a Silent Prayer that our Home would not be Underwater when we were allowed to return. We put everything away outside and took one last look, picked up the Neighbors and were on our way.

We saw on the Hotel TV that the Waves at the Jersey Shore were 20 feet high and as expected, and there was some Beach erosion. We stood at the large picture window in our room and watched the planes taking off at the airport like large silent Silver Birds...Until they were told no more flights in or out until Sunday afternoon...and then only outbound, no inbound flights until further notice.

Saturday afternoon, Lover Man and I took a Swim in the Hotel's Indoor Pool, while our Neighbors rested. We ate dinner with them, had some laughs and heard some interesting stories and then they said their Goodnights...Saying they are Older and need to Retire Early. Later, Lover Man and I walked the long hallways on our floor for exercise and talked and talked. We (thank goodness) never run out of things to talk about.

Back in our room we couldn't help but be glued to the TV and all the horrors that were unfolding elsewhere...It all seemed so surreal...and the lives that were cut short...why, oh why.

On Sunday we received an e-mail from the town telling us that we could come home, all was clear on the Jersey Shore...the power was on, it had only gone out for ten minutes and there was very little destruction...Come Home, Come Home. A neighbor called me on my Cell to say our Big Trees were all standing... Proudly, I thought to myself as I thanked him.

And so on Monday, we were Homeward Bound! We dropped our neighbors off, then went home to survey our Property. It looked good, oh there were some branches down, but everything was Upright and Dry...what more could we ask for.

We spoke by phone to family and friends. WE were the ones they were worried about. But we were the ones with Electricity and Power...They have no Electricity or Power and some are flooded...We say come here, come to the Jersey Shore. But we all know right now with the flooding in the north and here on the main land, that's not possible. But thank goodness Everyone is Safe, and Alive. They are Amazed that we who live on a Barrier Island are so intact as are we.

And so today as Lover Man and I walked the Beach, this object...A Black and Red Ball comes rolling in on a wave, it's one of those "Surf Bouncers". Lover Man picks it up and say's "well, look at this, It's got the initial "M" written in white". We both stare down at it. "Mmmm I say M for us, Malin...maybe it's Welcoming Us Home"! I suddenly feel like I want to Cry and Laugh for Joy at the same time...and a little of me feel guilty for feeling this way...We are Ok, others are not. I watch as he squeezes the water out of it, and carefully puts it in his bathing suit pocket. This little ball, this treasure, also survived "Hurricane Irene".

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sammyfiction 5 years ago from Australia

I am very glad that you came out of the windy weather unscaved. It always is a surreal experience, as we never are prepared for things that we believe will never happen to us until they do.

Your welcome home present must be a blessing!

Sammy :)

Cheryl Kapelner-Champ 5 years ago

Love your story, but most of all love the fact that U2 are safe & well!!! Yes we were amongst those who were "worried" about U*!

Take good care, & yes, we certainly do count our blessings in a lifetime!

Love & good health to "yaz" & all your fam* !

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FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

Glad you are safe and no permanent damage.

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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina

So glad you and Lover Man are alright and your community was left intact. I loved the heartfelt way you wrote this story. I'm in the middle of writing a hub related to hurricane evacuations and a bit about my personal evacuation experience during Irene. Like you and Lover Man, hubby and I returned to an intact home and neighborhood, but my feelings of joy are mixed with sadness for those who are still suffering from the after effects of Irene.

God Bless. Am so glad you're safe.

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acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

Thank goodness you are both safe and unscathed. Nature can cause such devastation. I pray for the families who have suffered.

I loved the way that you expressed yourself here. Voting up and pressing your buttons too.

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ahorseback 5 years ago

I'm glad you guys are fine , and your home ! and your new ball!....Lol We can all be greatful for the man above!......:-} The ball is a messege!

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Rosemay50 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

So pleased that you are both safe and sound.

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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Great news! Happy for you both.

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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

To come home to our House was such a "Coming Home Present" Sammy...The things we take for granted...Thanks for your heartfelt Comments and thoughts.

Hey Cheryl I know you did...Sorry about your no power, thank goodness for the Generator...David has one too. Hope you get it back SOON!

Hi Flora, thank you so much for coming by and for your Comments.'s so hard to realize (we heard) had the wind been blowing in the other direction the Bay would have overflowed...had the wind not changed direction...and so we were spared. Thanks for all your Comments.

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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

Acaetnna, Thanks so much for your vote...I'm still feeling sad also for all the others who had to suffer and no longer have their homes.

Horseback, we felt the Ball was a message too. I wish Everyone could have been spared the pain of what "Irene" did...I sometimes wonder about the Man up above...Anyway Thank you my friend.

Rosemay, thank you so much for your Concern, it is greatly appreciated.

Hey Will, Thank you for Caring!

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Chatkath 5 years ago from California

What a relief, I am glad that things turned out ok, lover man and you are safe, perhaps grateful for the things in life that we all expect to be there when we get home - like our houses and the irony of an otherwise insignificant red ball welcoming you back! Well done story b. Rated up and awesome!

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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

Hey Chatkath, Thank you for your good wishes ... It's great to be home, and the Little Red Ball as found a home out on the porch!

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AliciaC 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

The ball with the "M" on it was certainly a strange occurrence. I'm glad that you, Lover Man and your home are okay. Nature's power is frightening and very sad at times.

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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Reading this gave me goosebumps, thank goodness you have a home to go back to and you and lover man are both alright. My best wishes to you both.

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50 Caliber 5 years ago from Arizona

Great tale of an evacuee turn the ball over, W for wucky wabbit, dust

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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

I'm so pleased that you have shared your's and Lover Man's story about your Hurricane Irene experience, it must have been very unnerving for you. Glad you're ok!


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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

It certainly is Alicia, and why one person is spared and the next person is not is beyond my comprehension...Finding the "Ball with the M" was weird...but sort of symbolic!

Thank you so much Movie Master for your kind thoughts and Comments, they are truly appreciated.

Dusty you are too funny...True the "M" could be turned upside down to make a "W" for Welcome Home! So glad you enjoyed my Hub.

As I've said in my Hub Cloverleaf, the whole experience was Surreal...and we really didn't want to leave...Thanks for your thoughts and Concern as well.

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september girl 5 years ago

Wow, you sure did have a story to tell, b. Malin! I am happy to hear your home survived Irene and that you and your lover man are okay. : ) A page in your lives, to go down in history books, huh? Thanks for sharing your experience with the storm first hand. Voted up and awesome!

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A.A. Zavala 5 years ago from Texas

I wondered how our east coast authors fared. Glad to see that you and yours are safe.

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Erin LeFey 5 years ago from Maryland

So glad to hear you made it through the storm - you were wise to evacuate though...just in case. We got hit pretty hard in MD. Thank you for sharing your story with us here. Yes, now you have a page for your diary! hugs.

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sweetie1 5 years ago from India

Hi B. malin, In India we did get pics of the Irene and how much damage it did along the coast in USA. It is good you and your family is safe.

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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

Hey Sept. Girl, yes, it was quite an Experience...Thanks for your well wishes, we are fine and so happy to be back home!

We're good A.A. I hope EVERYONE of our Hubbers is's so sad when anyone has to suffer for the Acts of Nature. Thanks for caring.

Hi Erin, It was hard to Evacuate and Expensive (Hotels took advantage) but my Elderly Neighbors were afraid and felt safe when we left for our destination. Thanks for you concern...Hugs back to you as well!

Oh Sweetie, thank you so much for your thoughts and concern...greatly appreciated my friend.

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Sharyn's Slant 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

Hi B,

So glad there is a happy ending to this well written story. I love the fact that you helped your neighbors. There are so many people who wouldn't even think of doing so. Thanks for sharing this . . .


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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

Yes, we were very Lucky and we are well aware of that and so Thank full...My Elderly Neighbors have a Daughter, but...she couldn't go out of her way (only there for the good times) what can I say. Thank You for your Thoughts Sharyn.

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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia

What a dangerous situation. Hope all is well. I look forward to reading more of your work. Take care.

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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

Hi Thelyricwriter, so glad you stopped by to read, and thank you for your well wishes. Now I'll be by to read your Hubs.

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SusieQ42 5 years ago

Obviously that ball was meant to be...for a reason, of course! To both welcome you home and also for a hub such as this. I have family in New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, and Upstate NY. (oops, forgot NC) I know how you feel. We are in central FL, we only got a couple days of rain. Glad all is OK!

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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

Thanks Susie for stopping by and reading my Hub on the Hurrican...That Ball to us was a Sign that all would be ok... and life for us went on...Others were not so Lucky...I pray for them.

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satice_j 5 years ago from via the Bronx, NY

God Bless You & Yours! So happy to know all fared well for you all. Your story was heart felt and warming. Seemed just the perfect way to share the events. I mostly felt it was awesome because you did a great thing taking your neighbors with you. Kudos for paying it forward in a time of uncertainty. The end of your piece was touching. Thank you so much for sharing.

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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

Satice, thank you so much for Enjoying my Hub on the Hurricane Irene and finding my Ending Touching. We did the right thing for our Elderly Neighbors, how could we Not. I'll be buy to read your Hubs as well.

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