But Hurricane Sandy has changed all of that. It doesn’t feel right to launch our project at a time when so many of our customers are in the affected areas. I lived in NYC for many years and still have friends in that part of the country. I wrote to them after the storm but I am still waiting for news. So many of the people who have summer homes in Boothbay or just are visitors come from the affected area.
And then there is the Bounty, which was frequently docked in Samples Shipyard for repairs. Everyone here is wondering why the Bounty headed into such dangerous conditions with only a volunteer crew. The chart of their journey shows they were at first headed East and likely found the conditions mild when they turned toward the South West and soon after their journey ended forever with the death of one crew member and a missing captain.
We are fortunate that Sandy passed by Maine but we feel the loss as well and are not unaffected by the contingent effects. The antique historian who is planning to introduce our work to the New York City antiques area is located in the storm damaged regions. It seems unlikely that a show on the Pier in November will take place. The latest news is that the subways will take weeks if not months to get back into commission and the travel conditions and gas shortages in NYC are extreme.
So we say a prayer for all – that the process of recovery, especially the personal state of well being that dwells in acceptance of all that life brings will enter in the light of new dawn.