We’ve all heard of beauty that takes one’s breath away; it is the stuff of legend. And Hallmark made-for-TV movies.
But this one is in a class all by itself, friends…
A young lady, a visitor to my hometown, the thriving mini-metropolis of Niagara Falls, recently found herself so enraptured by the frozen magnificence of Mother Nature’s transformative effects on the cataracts themselves that she simply couldn’t bring herself to move from her up-close and personal vantage point at Table Rock. So there she stood, her eyes drinking in the frigid beauty of Niagara from an elevated point-of-view… until she realized her eyes couldn’t drink in anymore of it’s awesomeness.
In fact, they couldn’t drink in anything anymore.
As unbelievable as it at seem, she found herself on the receiving end of nature’s cruel sense of humor. Her eyelids, coated in Niagara’s frosty mist, ceased to function.
Yes, she was blinded by the light, I mean, the mist.
I can only imagine how terrified she must have been in those first few moments, her vision robbed by a force she couldn’t possibly comprehend. Niagara’s cataracts provide power to millions, and millions more stand in awe of that power every year, but be warned, that same power takes as much as it gives. This girl lost her sight, others have lost their lives after being convinced there was a relief to their pain to be found in the cataract’s watery depths.
A word to the wise: Goggles may look goofy, but they could save you life, I mean, vision, people…
As for the young lady in question, paramedics arrived swiftly and determined that a uniquely-Canadian solution to her dilemma was called for.
And so they brought her into the Table Rock complex and sat her down next to the Tim Hortons fryers until her eyes thawed out. You have to love this country.
See you in the lobby, kids…