We feel hesitant, embarrassed almost, to post these pictures for a Travel Theme challenge. We didn’t travel. Not even to the mailbox.
Like much of America, Knoxville was hit with ice storms. And like many people who encountered Winter Storm Octavia first-hand, we had none of what we now call essentials. No electricity. No cable. No television. No internet. We were transformed from a couple continually watching The Weather Channel while simultaneously checking email, writing blogs, or surfing the ‘net to a couple trapped in the silence of a winter storm.
We watched from our windows as nature transformed ordinary branches into ice-coated arms reaching ever downward. We could call it “winter wonderland,” but few but the very young were celebrating as closures of offices, schools, and businesses became the norm.
The silver lining in all of this was our personal transformation the day we kept our granddaughter while her parents braved the elements and returned to work at last. We — yes we — became makers of snow angels, packers of snowballs, and boasters of first-footprints-in-the field sorta people.
Transforming yourself to a kid again, we found, was not all bad!
For more entries into Ailsa’s Travel theme: Transformation, click here.