May 4, 2011 Edition

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LawCo. grateful
to see the sun

Gretchen Hunt

Lawrence County, as well as the surrounding area, has been bombarded with rain for so long that Tuesday's weather had many residents posting comical comments on Facebook about the mysterious bright object in the sky.

"Awoke this morning to a very bright light with a blue background - not sure what it is yet," Lloyd Clark of Powhatan posted.

Kammie Fears of Hoxie posted the following Tuesday afternoon, "Think I may have a brain tumor. I stepped outside and this big bright ball of light shined right in front of my eyes!"

Meshayla Payne of Hoxie said "Does anyone recognize that giant, bright, glowing orb in the sky??? Seems like I've seen it there before, but it's been so long....."

Truth be told, I can't imagine there is anyone in Lawrence County who didn't feel a little bit of excitement at the prospect of some sunshine, and more importantly, no rain.

My son, who is almost four years old, was among those who noticed the marked difference in Tuesday's weather.

As we were getting ready to leave the house this morning, Colter came running into my bedroom yelling, "Mom, Mom, you have to come see this."

He directed me to the window in the bedroom, and I was not sure what on earth could be happening on my front lawn that was so exciting.

As he pulled back the curtains, he looked up at me and grinned and said, "It's not raining!"

After receiving an average of eight to 10 inches of rain in the past week, and more in some areas, Lawrence County is still suffering from the effects of flooding. But, the general attitude is that we will survive this too, and compared to many, still consider ourselves to be fortunate.

And, at least for a few days, we hope to bask in the sunshine.

TD staff member Shantelle Prater probably summed it up for us all when she posted, "Who knew that 20 inches of rain would make Arkansas appreciate the sun so much?"

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