You never know how someone is going to react when they lose everything, but an educated guess suggests that most would find the experience traumatic. But people surprise you, like Rita Gurry did. Rita is one of three homeowners we are working with on the Jersey Shore, and I’ve written about her before (see my earlier post below). After Super Storm Sandy hit the Jersey coast her house was a total loss; we took it down with an excavator this past April.
Don’t get me wrong, Rita was pretty devastated when she saw what Sandy did to her house. “It was as if somebody just came in and blew my life apart,” she recalled calmly sitting next to me on the Glimmer Glass, a tidal inlet near her home. It was a somber conversation.
But the remarkable thing about Rita is what she did next. About ten minutes after seeing her devastated, flooded house she decided to rebuild. “Higher, newer, better…with a big front porch” she told me with a smile.
That’s what you do when you’re a half-glass-full kind of gal.