For a long time I’ve not heard it!
The Westclox clock ticking its tick, tock – tick, tock repeatedly.
All of a sudden the recurring sound seems to be driving me crazy. A sound recurring that I don’t want to be hearing.
Then there were those winds that wouldn’t let up. Battering about the end of the house and shuddering everything as if there was nothing settled.
But that wasn’t the worst of it, the sirens were wailing outside with emergencies, traffic accidents, houses and even vehicles on fire.
Luckily an accident in the area of Gull Pond proved to only result in injuries of a minor nature, although it could have been much worse.
There was a fire too, a resident of Stephenville losing a vehicle when it went ablaze during the high winds, with little chance of firefighters saving it when fanned by the high winds of up to 85 km/h that day.
The intense wind at Long Gull Pond also toppled over mailboxes there.
Despite all this havoc, there was the human toll especially for the people who could not get out of doors because of the weather.
There are many people who are suffering depression and who have difficulty getting out of doors during the summer months, much less the winter months that are so depressing.
There are many people who suffer with seasonal affective disorder and for those who love the winter and what it brings, it’s hard to understand.
It’s a little easier to understand for those people who are stuck in the house and find it difficult to get out for even the most mundane of tasks.
The New Year is a time of hope, optimism and a time to set up a new platform aimed at personal improvements.
But for those who are insular and not looking at the overt, the Yuletide season can be a time of turning inward and hiding those true feelings.
It can be a time of the repeated tick, tock and not hearing anything else but that.
It’s also a time when caring people can step up to the plate and let others know that no matter how bleak the circumstances that there are people who care and are willing to help out.
******Editor's note: Wording in this article has been changed******