I first noticed the painted blue band, wrapped around a weathered utility pole about a block away from the bulkhead holding back the bay.
“You’d be drowning by now,” offered the owner of the home just behind where the pole stood.
“Sandy?” I asked. “Superstorm Sandy, about eight years ago?”
He nodded. His neighbor diagonally across the way, he explained, was a surveyor by trade. In the immediate hours after the storm, “he shot a laser across to the pole to mark how high the water got” during the flooding. It was about five feet; the entirety of the island had been drowned and ravaged.
“He wanted to remember.”
The blue band remains to this day, probably unnoticed by most, save for those who survived Sandy’s wrath.
Just down the street and around the corner, another house defiantly displayed a sign.
“Scarred,” it read. “But stronger.”
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