This week was a physically, mentally, and emotionally trying week for us as an ice storm, the likes of which our beautiful city had not seen in forty plus years, descended upon us. Despairing tree branches creaked and groaned under the heavy weight of an inch plus of seemingly innocent ice, as their weakest members fell with dread. The only other sounds were the whispers of sparkling red berried bushes, and tall grasses that crisped and crackled under the lowered rays of the sun. Animals and people alike, scattered to look for other means of shelter.
The first few nights without central heat that took down power lines and destroyed vehicles and homes, were devastating for several and inconvenient for most. Yet neighbours, friends, and family all joined in and found ways to help one another, lending strong arms to lift heavy branches off the streets, checking on one another with offers of food, clothing, light and shelter and through hopeful verbal exchanges.
As we were one of the fortunate ones to have a gas stove and fireplace, we opened up our home for communal comfort and warmth. Our visitors, many of whom had to cancel holiday dinner plans, brought what they had and we all joined together sharing stories under natural light by day, and later, candlelit dinners by night to create our very own “Stone Soup” experience. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stone_Soup
I wish you all the very best this holiday season, and as you navigate the experiences of the coming year, the ability to cherish new and beautiful moments, and the fortitude to move forward with light when there is dark.