Jersey Shore: Memories of Sunshine and Funnel Cake

My heart breaks for the Jersey Shore.  Not the show, the people.  The real people with real lives and a real disaster to clean up after.  My husband's family went to the Shore for his childhood summers, and it is close to his heart.  We have vacationed there a couple of times, and it always delighted me to see how happy he was there in that magical place from his youth.
The Real Jersey Shore
Although my heart and prayers go out to all the victims of Sandy, I feel a special tug at the loss of the boardwalks along the Jersey Shore.  I think it always affects us differently when the disaster hits someplace we know. Of course, they'll rebuild.  But it will be new.  Different.  What was there--the history, the nostalgia, the memories--can't be rebuilt.  Even when they build it back, it won't be the same boardwalk, the same roller coaster, the same pizza parlor.
Night skyline of the BoardWalk Attractions
Sometimes what makes a place so special is the history and the memories.  The Jersey Shore is not the most beautiful beach I've ever been to.  Their roller coasters were not the fastest or the most thrilling I've ever ridden.  Their funnel cake and pizza . . .well, that was actually probably the best I've ever had.  But the time we spent there was magical, and we have memories.
Best. Funnel. Cake. Ever.
When you walked those boards, you were walking on the history of so many families.  So many traditions.  Vacation.  Weekends.  Summer.  Carefree.  Waves crashing.  Sun shining.  Kites flying.  Ice cream and french fries and funnel cake . . . for dinner!
Flying High over the Boardwalk
One of my favorite pictures of my mother-in-law was taken in much younger, more carefree days at the Shore.  It embodies what I felt when I was there.  A moment frozen in time that captured happiness, relaxation, fun and family.  It was like an escape from reality.  A surreal place of games and rides and beach and food.  It was kind of like a time-out where you got to just be a kid no matter how old you were.
Dr. Smooth attacked by a wave
I truly cannot imagine the pain and devastation of those who lost their homes, their businesses, their family or friends.  I am so sorry for your loss, and I pray for your recovery.  But I also hurt for those who held the Jersey Shore dear as a link to childhood, to youth, to family, to carefree summers, and the past.   The place may be gone, but the memories, pictures in our minds, live on.  
Ocean City Spray
 
I'm All Ears!
 
Chocolate Custard for My Knight
Wildwood, New Jersey
Boardwalk Fries
Dr. Smooth overtaken
 
American Pride
Boardwalk Lights as far as the eye can see!
Wonderland Ferris Wheel
Moonlight Dancing on the Atlantic
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13 Replies to “Jersey Shore: Memories of Sunshine and Funnel Cake”

  1. This one is so touching. You placed the perfect pictures with this one…it truly gives the feeling of being there while reading your words. Such a special place to so many, so sad. I adore your blog 🙂

    1. Thank you!! That was exactly what I was trying to accomplish. To share a little bit of what was there with everyone. Thanks!! I adore you!!

    1. Thank you!! I hoped it would help those who had been there relive moments and those who had not been there to feel like they had!

  2. I so loved this blog. This was the best one. The pictures were so good to go along with the words. We had a good time there. Will never forget the chocolate soap dish thanks to your better half. Love it great memories.

  3. Great blog,great site,keep up the good work…..from a former
    Goddess Howe….(Debbie,Jim’s former wife,mother of chance and Shannon”)

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