This week’s favorite beauty product doesn’t come in a pretty little package or an expensive tube found at Sephora. It is not tangible, as it is the realization that life is the most precious commodity, most often taken advantage of, thanks to Superstorm Sandy and the aftermath she has left behind on Long Island and the entire tri-state area. Friday’s favorite item is life in all of its glory and beauty.
Hurricane Sandy has ravaged the North East and Long Island is slowly recovering from the storm that hit on Monday. As of this morning, thousands are still out of power with LIPA having made some headway in restoring electricity. Long Islanders have learned to go without perfectly straightened hair because looking beautiful takes a back seat to staying alive and protecting our families.
The true meaning of beauty arose this week as Long Island sought to recover from Sandy and conjure the patience required to endure the frustrated masses as long gas lines overshadowed lighting the makeup mirror.
Families reacquainted themselves with activities such as charades and gin rummy to pass the time in the dark without the use of mindless electronics, television and the web. Instead of risking the lives of children trick-or-treating near downed power lines, parents became creative with carving jack-o-lanterns and telling spooky stories while cuddling under the blankets to stay warm on Halloween.
A renewed respect for the beauty of our country sprang to life with the help of the National Guard and power crews from across the country flying in to help. First responders once again showed immense courage in total devastation amongst the mass fire in Breezy Point and rescuing those who stayed behind close to the coast.
Loved ones embraced after feeling the loss of homes or worse yet, the loss of life. The resilience of New Yorkers has once again been tested and the true meaning of what is important has risen to the occasion: life and all its preciousness dwarfs anything superficial.
Sure, next week, this Examiner will be back with another beauty product that is a favorite find of Friday as the pieces of Long Island begin to fall into place. But this week, the week that began in fear, ended in immense love and a value of the most simplest of life’s treasures, for at any moment, it can all be washed away.
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