There is beauty and serenity in the eye of the storm.
– Jonathan Lockwood Huie
It is said that every cloud has a silver lining.
Though definitely to be revered, an ice storm can blanket the trees and the grass with a clear glazing that is hardly unrivaled in its beauty. It is a storm, nonetheless, to be feared as it can wreak plenty of havoc.
A few years ago in 2009, we had a once in a century ice storm here. The ice was more than an inch thick on everything outside. Approximately 300,000 in northern Arkansas lost power, many for days on end. Power poles and trees were down by the thousands. All through the night you could hear the tree limbs snapping. We had two limbs from trees fall through our roof and into the interior of our house. During that time we used candles for light, charged our phones in the car, and ate food warmed up on top of the fireplace that kept us warm. And we contemplated on how we take the simplest things for granted.
This past week we witnessed a small ice storm in Arkansas.. I say small because it could not compete with the 2009 storm; we only lost power for an hour; and though a few limbs fell, we didn’t have any fall into the house.
If there was a silver lining in 2009 and this past week it was the awesome beauty that nature displayed. The tree limbs looked like they were draped in diamonds and when the sun shone on them they sparkled gloriously in a silvery hue.