The Consummate Traveler: Coming Home

By Michele Goncalves
Epoch Times Staff
Created: November 25, 2012 Last Updated: December 11, 2012
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An information board at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport shows most flights canceled due to Hurricane Sandy on Oct. 31, 2012. (Mehdi Taamallah/AFP/Getty Images)

An information board at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport shows most flights canceled due to Hurricane Sandy on Oct. 31, 2012. (Mehdi Taamallah/AFP/Getty Images)

No matter what lovely corner of the world I find myself in during a three-week business trip, one of my favorite parts of the journey is the moment I put my key back into my front door and walk in. I have heard agreement from my colleagues that after our second week on the road, we are all homesick and can’t wait to sleep in our own beds. But, as I recently experienced, this eagerness for coming home is amplified when a natural disaster strikes.

I was in Greece when Superstorm Sandy decimated many parts of New Jersey, New York, and Staten Island. This is where I live. It was difficult to watch the news coverage of lives lost, homes destroyed, and people suffering with lack of power, heat, food, and gas. It was also humbling to see how quickly our modern lives can be turned upside down. I think many of us learned valuable lessons and realized that we all need to be better prepared to withstand such storms.

Unlike any other of my previous homecomings, I was anxious this time. After all, I was going to find out if I had any damage to my house or whether I would have electricity. The driver who picked me up at the airport told me that his entire town was still in the dark and cold, four days after the storm. It actually broke my heart when we pulled up to my driveway and I was able to turn on my lights after entering.

While things are still far from normal in the hardest hit spots affected by Sandy, life is almost back to normal in my area. With Thanksgiving and the holiday season upon us, I think the meaning behind these holidays will really be cherished and hold more weight than years gone by. I encourage all of us to remember those who have just lost everything. Let’s take a moment to donate clothes, food, or money to help our fellow neighbors and citizens rebuild their homes and lives. I can’t imagine the feeling of having no home to return to.

For those of you who will be venturing out these coming holidays, I wish you all the happiest and safest of travels.   

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  • DerekPadula

    The morality of people is getting worse by the day. I like how he says, “Oh no, don’t worry, they’re free. We just appreciate a small donation of $10,000.” And he thinks it’s normal and perfectly justified, as if he hasn’t done anything bad by plastinating someone else’s baby and selling it.

    • disqus_a7uHBJ1Bnm

      I mean, are they even human. Where did our morals go?

      • Maria L. Yau

        Apparently the people in China don’t know what morals are.

    • Maria L. Yau

      You’re right, Derek. When it comes to morilty and human etics it seems Chinese people in China don’t know what it is or just deny these words.
      I do worry about the young people there. How will they grow up without morality?!

  • Katy Mantyk

    The depravity of it all, these “people” have evolved into demons.

  • Maria L. Yau

    I am shocked after reading this news. Shocking news repeatedly come from China
    regarding human ethics.
    Unbelievable that China is doing trade on human being. They are doing everything for money! It’s all about money!

    Where are the human ethics?!

  • Ben_Chasteen

    This was super hard to read all the way through. Great article but Wow. But many people do not know the evil the CCP will do just to put money in the bank. Collectively the evil they do is by far worse than any period in history. 80+ million deaths is more than whole countries.


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