2013-10-04 / Columnists

An Intern’s Take

By Ilyassha Shivers

When did the Rockaways become this hot bed for politics? The recent elections have shown that the candidates want your vote. There is a lot of power up for grabs in November so pay attention and vote.

So now that I got that out of the way I wanted to talk about opportunity. We must allow and encourage our young people to explore the possibilities. Every one can't be entertainers or athletes; we need more scientist and engineers. We as a community, parents, teachers and students must work together as a team. Each one of us must invest in our future. This investment is not always financial, but can also come in the form of wise counsel and mentoring.

Sharing and giving of your time can change the direction or focus of a young person’s life. As we prepare to reflect on the storm they named Sandy I began to think back to where I was with my wife pregnant with our child. I remember being without electricity for like three weeks. I thank God because He always provides.

At that time I was working for a flower company. One of my other gifts is designing and decorating, working with flowers, balloons and material draping…but back to the story I had candles, I mean all over the house. It was like we were living in colonial times. We ate by candle light. We read books by candle light. Our family became closer because we spent more time together. This pregnancy had already been different then my other two children. We were already made aware of the complications involved. This situation was one where my faith was tested. I have always been a religious person. I grew up going to church. But this was about more than just going to church. It was about believing.

My child was born on 12/3/12. It was after the storm but during the recovery period. So the winter of 2012 will always be a part of my life. This year as I prepare for my son’s first birthday I will never forget not only what was lost during the storm but what I gained.

Send me your thoughts and comments. Email me at shiverswave@gmail.com. But more important read The Wave!

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