When I wasn't watching NBC Connecticut, though, I was watching the major cable news channels and the local (i.e. NYC) channels that my parents get. And I noticed a certain, shall we say, lack of Connecticut in their reporting. Now, as a
But this went beyond that, because even outside of the focus on NY, when other states were acknowledged there was a pattern to it. It went something like this: "Irene made landfall in North Carolina and moved north through Virginia, Maryland and DC. It hit Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey before reaching New York. The city was spared the anticipated damage as the storm moved into New England, bringing damaging winds and heavy rain to Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Even New Hampshire, Maine, and Canada are expected to..." And at that point, though I'd heard the same thing approximately 37 times in the previous hour, I'd say, "Wait, what? Hellooooo!" At one point I told a friend that I thought Connecticut should change its motto to He Who Ignored Still Sustains. (How do you say "ignored" in Latin?)
Of course there's nothing novel about this. Even when I wouldn't have dreamed of living anywhere but New York, I was well aware that Connecticut was sort of the silent partner of the Tri-State Area. And in the past I've been responsible for engendering this kind of attitude in others. I've certainly said, when people from other states asked me what's in Connecticut, "Oh, not much." Not because that's true, but because I didn't want to explain it. Connecticut is small, but complicated. You can't just say, as you could with some states, "We have mountains!" and be done with it. Still it's just a bit annoying when you know that all around you, houses are collapsing into the surf and things are catching fire, but no one cares.
A few days after the storm, I guess I'd say I'm ambivalent about our invisible status. Maybe it's just something I haven't adjusted to yet. It's the kind of thing I could get fairly indignant over if I sat and thought about it for a while. But on the other hand there's something perversely pride-inducing about it. Letting the other states get all the attention but quietly knowing that at least we have more class. Just sitting here, unnoticed, as we have been for centuries, but doing fine. You know, sustaining.