February 11, 2009 Edition

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'Freezing Rain'

Shirley Guy
Walnut Ridge

It was the end of January '09 in Walnut Ridge town; most people leaving work ~ all homeward bound.

The radios were on news of weather that day; as was heard the bad news ~ "Freezing Rain" was on the way.

As I retired to the comfort of my bed; I saw visions of huge icicles dancing in my head.

The next morning I arose from by bed to hear such a sound; of ice covered limbs crashing to the ground.

I looked out the window . . .what a beautiful sight, ice clung to trees shimmering so bright.

I grabbed my camera for I wanted to hold on; to this miracle of beauty for many years to come.

Who knew this beauty would cause discomfort and pain ~ from a prediction from Terry Wood of "Freezing Rain."

I turned to make coffee, and to my surprise, no power ~ no coffee ... brought tears to my eyes.

I heard sirens and chainsaws and traffic in both lanes; and the sound and rumbling of endless trains.

So much activity outside to behold, but inside such darkness and oh, so cold!

Thank God in the daylight my flash I did find; along with powered lantern that came to mind.

I said to my daughter as she entered the room, "Let's light the gas fireplace, we'll have one place that's warm."

We balanced the pans over one of the flames; and had oatmeal for breakfast and soup and played games.

Our games were not common as one might think; it was "Where is the flashlight and where is the sink!"

She asked for the flashlight, I said, "You had it ~ remember when you needed a light to get back to the den."

We searched for an item, and could not find try as we might; we used the lantern to find flashlight in the darkness of night. By the time we found flashlight, we could not recall, what was the item we had been searching for after all.

We thank our dear mayor for what she has done; to provide heat at community center, so many could stay warm. For securing lots of help to serve meals sent by Red Cross; and offering support for folks who felt lost.

Thanks to Lawrence Health Services and the help that they gave; to firemen and ambulances, for lives they did save.

Thanks to all volunteers and neighbors helping friends, to Entergy crew, police and firemen, state highwaymen, whose hours never seem to end.

This is day nine and we will always remain; good friends and good neighbors ... the year of the "Freezing Rain."

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