July 5, 2020

The Passing Storm

•By John F. Chisholm•

It’s sleeting outside.  Really, that’s phrasing it politely.  Quarter inch hail is mixing with sleet and freezing rain.  The wind is out of the northeast at a steady fifteen miles per hour with gusts exceeding twenty-five.  All our north facing windows are iced over.  The view from them is seriously distorted.  According to the radio, everything except emergency services in-town are either canceled or closed.

In short, it’s unpleasant out.  Very.

Normally we lose our electric power during this sort of storm.  I bet this instance won’t be an exception.  The forecast calls for nasty conditions extending over the next 48 hours.  It’s curious to think that something as simple as an essay might be short-sleeted as a result, but that’s the truth.

I try very hard being philosophic about the weather.  I don’t always succeed, but I do try.  That’s right.  Every storm comes in and rages for a period.  Everyday life may be completely disrupted for a time.  With power outages and slippery, dangerous travel, things like grocery shopping, flushing toilets, bathing, essay writing and dozens and dozens of other activities and events are delayed, rescheduled, reordered or completely canceled.

Of course storms can cause a lot of damage, too.  A lot of senseless destruction can be packed into their duration and attributed to their mindless wrath.  I’m not denying any of that.

My point here, normalcy returns eventually, either in a couple of days or over a period of years.  Knowing that helps.  In fact, that knowledge makes all the difference.  That’s right.  This storm will blow over and life will settle down again.

I hang on to that.

Because it’s true for every kind of storm.  The hurricane that struck Joplin, Missouri, made a mess that took years to repair.  In fact, the scars of that storm can likely still be found today.  The same can doubtless be said of Katrina in New Orleans.

Neither are they the only severe storms to have struck our country.  Not by a long shot.  There have been hundreds and hundreds of other, individual storms in our history to consider, list and analyze. Which storm was the most destructive?

That depends on how the list is drawn up as well as who is doing the compilation.

Never mind.  None of that is the point here because, in the end, they all pass, even the storms that last years.

That’s right.  In the end, Hurricane Trump will pass as well.