While many have been able to “stay the blazes home,” I have been coming in to work every day in order to produce my weather videos for all of Atlantic Canada. Traffic is light. I am greeted by a haunting silence in the lobby and for much of the day, the loudest sound I hear is the fan from the system circulating the air through this almost empty building.
After I log in, things look a little more normal: as usual, my inbox is chock full of emails. I usually do a quick scan before I get started on my weather. Thursday morning, one email subject line caught my eye: Hello from the Coadys.
“Hi Cindy: Remember the young lady from Duncan MacMillan High School in Sheet Harbour who job shadowed you when you were with Global? You had an influence on her as she continued in science receiving, her masters in biochemistry and degree in nursing from Memorial University. Breanne is now nursing at the St. John’s University Hospital on the cardiac floor.
“While at university she met the love of her life David, a Newfoundland boy… There is something else I wanted to share with you. A number of years ago on your ATV weather segment, different ones in the studio were complaining about having a cold and you said you take master tonic and were protected. After that I Googled master tonic and found out the ingredients. We started buying it from a health food store in Porters Lake and have been taking it ever since. It works as we haven't had a cold or flu. Now we make our own and last year planted horse radish in the vegetable garden to go along with the garlic we grow.
“So, we owe you two thanks: one for steering our daughter into science and the second for introducing us to master tonic.
“We enjoy reading your column and weather forecast every day in the Chronicle Herald. Please take care in these troubled times.”
Troubled indeed. A lot of tears have been shed lately. During the span of just one month, Nova Scotia has lost three inspirational women who died in the line of duty. Following each tragic event, I like many others, listened to the stories, got to know a little more about these strong women and wept. These were intelligent women, dedicated, driven, and incredible role models for so many.
Women, men, special people come into our lives and sometimes, without knowing it, they steer us in new and wonderful directions. I pray these women and their loved ones know how grateful we are for having them share their passion with us by leading such exemplary lives. Their impact is immeasurable.
Without a doubt, we’ve had to deal with more tragedy than seems fair. Grandma had a saying: Apres la pluie, le beau temp - the weather clears after the rain.
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Cindy Day is the chief meteorologist for SaltWire Network