by Molly Scott
“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” -Marcel Proust
A little over a year ago, Hurricane Sandy hit my hometown in New Jersey. The storm had a fairly big impact on my family, but luckily, we were not totally devastated as many of our friends and neighbors were. I can remember the morning after the storm hit, my mother calling me and telling me the damage that had been done and that my car had been completely destroyed by the flood waters. It had been my great-grandparent’s car that they used during their last years of life. Memories of driving my friends to high school every morning, to my field hockey games, and even to the SATs suddenly flooded my mind. At the time though, I remember only feeling grateful that my family was safe and sound, not a sense of grief over the car.
Weeks passed and suddenly Thanksgiving was upon us. The days preceding the holiday were filled with family members sorting through belongings that held precious memories that were either destroyed by the water or had just barely survived. Thanksgiving evening in our house was somber and tense; it seemed as if we could speak of nothing but the storm. We would continually acknowledge, though, how lucky we were out considering the loss many others had experienced. Things got better and better as the weeks and months progressed, as did our family’s mood.
Over the course of the past year, I have learned many lessons and have grown significantly as a person. Watching the people of my town come together throughout the year has been incredible to watch and restores my faith in the ability for humans to be selfless when times call for it. Although it may sound cliché, the most important lesson I have learned from this storm is that we must be grateful for the people in our lives. They are the ones who love us, who get us through the hard times, and are really all we have in life. I know that this Thanksgiving will be much more joyous in our house than last year’s and that we will undoubtedly acknowledge the love we have for one another.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
The staff of The Nine Ways of Knowing would like to wish everyone and their families a happy, healthy Thanksgiving and safe travels home.
Molly Scott is a junior at Barnard and Senior Editor of The Nine Ways of Knowing.
Image courtesy of Molly Scott.