Could this be a sign?

To say that I’ve been preoccupied with everything going on in America lately is an understatement. With a six hour time difference between here and there I’ve been spending most of my nights on the sofa watching CNN, and following my friends (from over there) on Facebook. I watched as Sandy struck my home-state of New Jersey and then walloped the area in which I come from. Due to power outages and poor cell service, I’ve had very little contact with my family this week. The news reports and pictures I’ve seen are heartbreaking.

And then I found a piece of burned up paper on my doormat this morning.

I picked it up, turned it over and saw a picture of a globe. The paper was burned all around the edges, almost in a perfect circle like the globe. As I stood there looking at this picture that had somehow blown to my doorstep in the night, I just knew, America will be alright.

My mother called a few hours later, they finally got their electricity back!

Here’s a picture of a giant oak that blew down and is now hanging over my parents swimming pool

And here’s a picture taken in my brother’s kitchen

But everyone’s fine and that’s all that matters.

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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 November 7, 2012, in all things American and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 32 Comments.

  1. To be so far away from family when you “need” to be with them most….that’s so hard. Thrilled to know they are okay and have power again! Conitnued prayers….I know they have a long road ahead ♥ “Signs” from out of nowhere are the best!

  2. Your guardian angel was letting you know that they were with you today

  3. Well that is weird, your found paper : ) Seems like it illustrates where your thoughts have been flying. I know, it is so difficult to be away from the ones we love, especially when there are disasters, calamities, or sickness. Thank Goodness that all your family, and mine, are fine, and my immediate area averted the worst of it. Those I know who were most drastically hit by Sandy are all safe though with all sorts of inconveniences and messes to deal with. Wishing you peace of mind, Maggie. ~ Lily

  4. Wow! I’m glad everyone is okay. You’re right–that’s all that really matters.

  5. Oh gosh . . . it that ever a good sign.

    Glad to hear your family are friends are ok. Mother Nature is amazing and cruel. The photos are unbelievable. The cars piled up like toothpicks at the subway entrance was like something out of a horror movie.

    Will you be able to visit “home” soon?

  6. That piece of paper was definitely a sign – it’s amazing how it landed on your doorstep!

    Between Sandy and the election, the US has had a huge month. I’m so glad your family is safe. I can’t believe the pictures – your brother and your parents homes look like a disaster zones! :(

  7. So glad your family is ok Maggie. The storm was very destructive and caused a lot of havoc. Unfortunately, I already heard yesterday of another storm that very well may hit the eastern states again

  8. HUGS Mags to your family.

  9. This is good news. When all else fails… electricity & telecommunications infrastucture… there’s still a way for us to receive messages and reassurance :)

  10. Wonderful!!! There are angels…

  11. that gave me goosebumps! I totally believe in signs. I’m so glad to hear your family is all ok.

  12. I’m running behind, Maggie, but was glad to read your family is safe, and everyone is ok. What a terrible picture of your brother’s kitchen. :-( I’m glad you had the feeling when you found the picture. I feel the same way, too. America is going to be all right.

  13. Me too…running behind as always. I’m glad we have the same feeling, America will be alright :)

  14. I’m so pleased that everyone is okay, but this is just so sad. You just don’t know when you’re life might be turned upside down. Glad that they are okay.

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