Letters From Home (20) What Isn't Heard

By: EarlB , 2:22 AM GMT on December 15, 2013

Dear Zoe,

I have another story about the quiet here on the farm for you.
It's been cold here, and one morning last week i noticed that odd quiet
again. Temperatures were in the low 20's this time, quite different
from from the much warmer quiet a few months ago.

It was the first cold night after several days of rain and there was
plenty of moisture in the air when the cold air moved in. Even patches
of fog were surprised by the cold and everything that was touched
by that super-cooled fog was surprised by a coating of sugary ice
crystals. In the early morning light, everything seemed to glow.

From the look of everything in the early dawn light, ALL had been dipped
in this frosty sugar: from blades of grass to limbs of trees. Every step I
took had a little crunch to it, no matter whether I stepped on grass or
pavement. You would have laughed to see me walking oh so carefully, as
if I was worried about breaking something! ha ha!

I don't know why it was so quiet this time, a few months ago, I thought
that the fog muffled the sound, but this time, the fog didn't surround
everything with a quieting blanket, it just hovered in some low spots when
I saw it. I'm thinking that because there was no wind, there was none of
the background noise that we never recognize as being there, leaving
only the quiet for me to "hear".

There is an old saying: "You don't know what you have until it's gone",
well, in this case, I didn't know what was gone because of what I had! It's
a common human condition, I suspect.

I look forward to your upcoming visit.

With all my love

Uncle Roy.

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3:48 PM GMT on December 29, 2013
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2. EarlB
3:30 AM GMT on December 19, 2013
thanks so much cp.

i hope that your christmas is your best ever!

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1. calpoppy
12:58 AM GMT on December 19, 2013
I love the quiet that a nice blanket of snow makes! You can tell it snowed even if you don't look outside, just from the quiet!

If I don't get back here, have a great Christmas Earl!!
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