That little dark blob in the middle of the pond is the heron, sitting on a stick, waiting patiently for the sunrise.
We too have been waiting for the sun and it’s much-needed, much-appreciated warmth.
The temperature is supposed to be above freezing for the next few days, so we hope to return to our “normal” lives very soon.
But perhaps after this we will all have a slightly altered concept of normal.
Perhaps after this unusual experience with cold and ice and isolation we will all become a little more aware of our vulnerability and be better prepared for future storms.
I was startled today to hear the sound of an engine in our front yard, and elated to see that the FedEx truck had safely made the trek up our frozen driveway. About an hour later the trash truck also arrived. Two hours later we ventured into town to get the mail, pay the water bill, pick up my prescription, and shop for a few groceries. It felt good to be out and about and to see familiar faces.
Of course tomorrow will still not be “business as usual”. The overnight temperatures will be low and there is the danger of some roads re-freezing. Many country roads have yet to thaw out. Some schools will still be closed. Some homes and businesses are still without power. Sadly, some are also without loved ones…victims of accidents resulting from the weather.
So we begin tomorrow to get back to normal. But let’s make sure we remember this and learn from it. It could very well happen again before this winter ends.