Island to Island

We had the opportunity to meet and talk with a temporary neighbor on our block.  We saw the car, and house lights (rare this time of year!)- and guessed they were winter tenants- maybe while building a house?

It turns out they are full time residents of St. John, USVI. They were traveling just before the hurricanes, and then unable to get back home immediately after.

The husband is a charter boat captain, and the wife is a full time real estate agent for a Sotheby’s office on St. John.  Obviously their lives and livelihoods were turned upside down.

Thankfully, their home survived the 200+ mile per hour winds (I can’t even imagine), and they are planning to move back by January -in time for high season.  They shared stories of the resilience and recovery from their island neighbors- very inspiring.

I thought it was unusual that they took refuge on our island- but the wife grew up in Cape May Court House and they have family and friends nearby. We discovered several “small world” connections.

An evening of perspective to be grateful for our simple life – especially meaningful at Christmas.

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