This little story is based on something that my family and I observed during the
recent hurricane 'Sandy'.
As I came down the stairs, Sam was standing by the
window looking out into the
darkened sky. "Aaron, come and look at
"What is it?" I asked, coming to stand beside him.
"Yes, watch." In a moment there
was a flash of green light which lit up one
whole quadrant of sky. Then
another flash from another direction and then
another in a different part of
the sky; flash after flash. Sometimes it was a
bright apple green other times
it was a paler green yellow. Once in awhile it
was more of a turquoise shade.
Sometimes it came in quick succession other times
there was a wait of several
minutes. We stood side by side not moving watching
the green lightning as
though it were a fireworks show.
Finally, after several dozen flashes,
Sam said softly, "Aaron, you know what?
That isn't lightning."
moment I answered just as softly, "Yes, I know love."
Nothing else was
said as we stood side by side looking out the window. Debris
flew by once
and awhile close enough to see. The wind sounded fierce as it
the house and through the trees. And still we stood quiet and
together watching the green lightning.
Authors note: The
"green lightning" that Sam and Aaron were watching was really
the flash of
exploding transformers. Hundreds of flashes lighting up the