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Topic: Communication Breakdown (12/16/10)
TITLE: Mountain Ridge
By Mildred Sheldon
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the people were warm, kind, gentle, loving and made everybody that visited welcome. Near the middle of town were several churches and around those churches were stores, with all kinds of homemade wares. The hotels were always full with visitors during the warm months. There was a cozy post office and several restaurants with food fit for a king. Their quilts were master pieces and worth every penny one paid. Mountain Ridge was a place people were drawn to.
During the Spring the air smelled crisp, clean and fresh as mother nature awakened for the renewing of the forests and gardens of all kind. In the Summer there were summer breezes that sent the smell throughout Mountain Ridge of all kinds of flowers in peoples gardens. The Fall when the trees turned a myriad of colors were truly a sight to see, but when winter came Mountain Ridge was once again a quiet peaceful community with all the technologies of Cumber Falls with far less people.
The families of Mountain Ridge that lived higher up were use to being snowbound from October to late May, and were always prepared for the long winter months, but for the most part Mountain Ridge managed to travel to and from Cumber Falls year round. They had horses with big sleds and when winter hit you would see the people from Mountain Ridge using there usual mode of transportation. Their sleighs were always decked out with bells and painted with the most gorgeous designs on them. They were always a delight to the people who lived in Cumber Falls when they came to town.
That year the people of Mountain Ridge were bracing themselves for a long hard winter. There was a northeasterner coming through and that meant more snow then usual. It was the middle of October when the winds blew and the temperatures dropped like a rock. It started snowing with a vengeance and before long all communication were cut off, and the people of Mountain Ridge were alone for the first time in 5 years. No phones, no TV, no computers and no lights. It was as if time has stood still and the people were once again back in the 18th century. Not to worry though for the people of Mountain Ridge had their root cellars filled to overflowing with all kinds of preserves, vegetables and dried meats, enough to last until well into the Spring.
When the winter cut Mountain Ridge off from the rest of the world that’s when something magical happened. The people thrived and became closer then most families in any other part of the world. They didn’t need all the modern technologies of the world although they were nice. They each worked together clearing streets, walk ways to and from each house and the people of Mountain Ridge carried on as if nothing had happened. The churches were filled every Sunday and Christmas was a sight to behold. The pageantry was spectacular and some of the people went from house to house caroling, but that was hidden from the rest of the world.
Of course come Spring after everybody had been cut off from the rest of the world the young couples were blessed with additions to their households. Some of the younger people moved away from Mountain Ridge, but when it was time to retire they always returned to their home. Mountain Ridge was a place where God was King and the people had a love that baffled visitors. That is why all during the warmer months Mountain Ridge went from 2 hundred people to several thousand people. The rest of the world longed for a place to live with the peace, joy, understanding and love that permeated Mountain Ridge. It was a place that seemed magical to most, but to the residents of Mountain Ridge, well, this was their home away from their permanent home above.
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