Major in Theft

Aug 29, 2018
Courtesy of: Helen Fadini The sign depicting the colleges attended by the Fadini grandchildren and their distances from LBI is seen in better days.

To the Editor:

I opened last week’s SandPaper and saw the SpeakEasy story on the mystery of a pair of missing shoes. My immediate reaction was “enough already!” I’m tired of reading about people leaving their sandals on the top of the dunes and later finding somebody had literally walked off with their flip-flops.

Much to my surprise, the column was not at all what I expected. I was pleasantly surprised to read a very beautifully written and poignant story.

But … that still didn’t stop me from thinking of all the people complaining about their sandals gone missing. Just for the record, be thankful that the flip-flops are the least of your worries. I love this Island or I wouldn’t have spent the last 50 summers here, but “they” have not only taken our sandals, “they” have taken more bikes than I can ever remember. “They” have slept on our deck, urinated there, showered, shampooed and lotioned in our outdoor shower and broken into the house to watch the sun rise or set – who knew? This summer while I sat on my deck, one flight away from the extra refrigerator in the garage, “they” crept into the garage and took a six-pack of craft beer.

I’ve tried to take the high road and turn the other cheek, but this summer my patience was tested and I must admit, “they” pushed me too far.

We have 10 grandchildren, five in college. Three years ago we placed a pole outside our house with arrows pointing to the colleges our grandkids are attending, giving their locations and distances from LBI. The sign became a photo op. So many young people stopped in front of it to take their pictures. We often laughed at how many stopped, scratched their heads and then rang the bell to ask what ERAU stood for (Embry Riddle Aeronautical University).

We recently were away from LBI for 24 hours and were disappointed to find on our return that “they” had savagely ripped the JMU (James Madison University) arrow and taken it. Obviously, this undergraduate is majoring in theft. I am devastated by that cruel and violent act.

The sign was a family tradition and it hurts like hell that somebody chose to trespass on our property and rip part of our sign away. We’ll replace it, of course, but it disappoints.

Helen Fadini

Washington Township, N.J., and Beach Haven

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