The Old Lady’s very favorite place in the state of Georgia is the Okefenokee Swamp.
And as of this writing, her beloved Swamp is on fire.
It started with a lightning strike on April 6… a totally natural occurrence… and at this time the fire has scorched more than 225 square miles.
The great Swamp NEEDS the occasional wildfire, to burn off the trees and such that would eventually cause the Swamp to dry up and become a forest. This has been the pattern throughout the Swamp’s history.
But of course, to those creatures who fail to escape ahead of the flames, it spells the End of the World as they know it. And pity the humans living near the eastern edge, who are now facing evacuations and the possible loss of their homes.
The fire brings disaster and despair… but it is only after the flames have passed can the healing green growth begin. The cycle takes another turn. The Swamp survives.
“Hmmm,” muttered The Old Lady, “there’s a metaphor here, if only I could find it.”