NO PLACE LIKE HOME | THE DISASTER DIARY: ENTRY 2
From one moment to the next my life had changed completely. I could not stop staring at the red piece of paper. I was reeling. I couldn’t move, frozen by the sheer weight of this predicament. So many questions ran through my mind. Where do we go? What do we do? It’s ironic that the day before the big storm hit the entire family sat down to watch The Pursuit of Happyness starring Will Smith. The movie is based on the true story of Chris Gardner who because of a series of unfortunate events ends up homeless with his young son. That was the situation we now found ourselves.
As a parent, there is nothing worse than not knowing where you and your kids will be spending the night. Ever since this happened I have felt a knot in my stomach that has not gone away. This experience has been an emotional rollercoaster. It has now been 11 days since we have not been allowed to live in our home. We have been in 3 different hotels and about 5 different hotel rooms courtesy of the Red Cross. The baby who just turned 10 months old is teething and everyone excluding myself has a cold, which just adds to all the drama. On top of that, my homeowner’s insurance has denied our claim. Even though this has been tremendously stressful and difficult, we are still standing. I know we will prevail, like my mother says “Dios es grande” which loosely translates into God is all-powerful. Before this whole ordeal that Crystal Waters song “She’s Homeless” was just an annoying House song, it has now become the soundtrack of our lives. There truly is no place like home.
For those in the tri-state area Channel 9 will be airing a segment on our story this Sunday May 6th at noon on a show called New Jersey Now, check it out to find out more.