Saturday, December 13, 2008

Thoughts and Prayers go out to the North East

This brings back the memories we have of January 8, 1998. My daughter Rachel, who woke up on her 14th birthday to this and the flu actually just said to me..."I had so much fun during that storm!" We went to my "second favorite place to be" best friend Deb's farm and all gathered together. The next morning I was able to get out and buy a generator and since my husband was in Korea serving his country, my good friends and my husband's First Sergent came to lend a hand. The generator was hooked up and running for 15 days. It was a time of hardship, yet when you are faced with such a demand of strength it really brings it out in you. My thoughts go out to the people of the Ice Storm of 2008, but they will get though it with memories of unbelievable power, emotion, and the love of humanity.
Ten years later there are still the visual memories here in the wild trees with branches tipped toward the ground. The trees really took a hit and communities will re-plant to bring their neighborhoods back to life.
I can see the tears, and the laughter in the faces of the people brought together by this storm.
Endure, love your neighbor and you WILL come out the other side.
This video really says it all.

http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=metrowestvideos

11 comments:

Stacey Huston said...

Wow, all that comes to mind is.. where are all the people? and I did not see a single chimney on any of those houses.. Thank goodness for my woodstove..

Steve B said...

My mom says her gas fireplace still works without power and they have a protable generator. When we were kids, there was nothing to do but get out and go sliding. But still, ice storms are are very destructive on a large scale. I'm sure that crews from all over the east coast are heading up to the region. My best wishes go out to them all.

Carolynn said...

A lovely post. One of my favourite quotes by an unknown author is "Adversity does not develop character, it reveals it."

Stay warm!
Carolynn

Jenny said...

Thanks for the you tube video, really brings home the reality of it all.

Shellmo said...

Nice post Eve! Hoping everyone gets back on their feet soon.

Tina said...

Eve,
Well, that video was definitely worth a 1000 words. So sad to see..but you are correct..out of this will come new friends, better ole friends and lots of helping each other!!Good post..makes one appreciate a sunny day even more!

Mary said...

This is one of those times when nature is not so pretty and instead very scary. I pray that these people have good friends to help like you did and that they won't have to endure this for long. What terrible sad destruction to witness so early in the winter already. Keep safe and prayers for all who are caught in this mess.

Wrensong Farm said...

It sure appears that this winter is going to be a tough one for all areas of the country. Ice storms are the worst!!

It always restores my faith in humanity when they are faced with tragedy or difficulties....there are always people ready to step up to help.

Roy said...

That is dreadful weather Evie.
I have just seen on TV that we here have had the coldest start to Winter for 30 years, which is contrary to the suggestion that because of Global warming we are getting milder winters now???

Eve said...

Thanks for your thoughts everyone!

Roy, the earth has been heating and cooling since the beginning, nothing we pittly little people do is going to change that! Taxing people to death isn't going to stop it either. Prepare for the big cooldown and then in 20 more years we will be thankful for another warming trend! ;-)

Leedra said...

We have the Blizzard of '93. Everybody seems to remember it. We got 2 ft of snow (yes in TN) in March of 1993. The blizzard covered the eastern part of TN, and went NE from there all the way to Maine. Never have heard a name for the one in Jan 1985, but then we had 2 ft of snow and it was 20 degrees below. I still had to go to work that morning. I was scared traveling that day, but had no trouble.