Finally, our money’s worth!

Posted on January 3, 2008
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            Well, we finally got our money’s worth with the latest snowstorm in Miramichi. On Wednesday morning, we woke up to a dandy blizzard.

            Enabled by a tiny electric snow blower and an SUV, Michelle and I were able to get out to pick some work from her office and a few treats for a storm-day celebration.

            There is an old Russian saying, “The church is near but the roads are icy. The tavern is far but I will walk carefully.”

            Nature was as boisterous and drunk as uncles and nephews at a Mediterranean wedding.

            The winter air was filled with the snarls, growls, slams and bangs of tractors, blowers, trucks, plows and construction earth movers.

            Many people enjoyed an unscheduled holiday.

            People who work in places that do not close shone with pride that they are significant and tough. You know — important places like hospitals, fire stations and coffee shops.

            People responsible to clear streets, driveways, and parking lots seem to appreciate the few civilians out and about and seeing their efforts as long as we stay out of their way.

            It never ceases to amaze me how quickly the people responsible to make us mobile and safe swing into action as soon as, and even before, a storm begins to abate.

            A good blizzard is awe inspiring in its fierce beauty.

            A comfortable home and access to necessities in the midst of nature’s rage is a life-preserving blessing.

            It never ceases to amaze me how comfortable we can be in a climate that would kill us in minutes if we were not prepared.

            We owe a significant debt of gratitude to the people in our support systems.

            Thanks folks!



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