WV Mountains In My Soul

By: Terry Lee Webb

My last post regarding my migration to West Virginia was triggered by the view from my second story window of the mountains in winter and the evolution of my love affair with them. In the spring and summer they are so easy to love. Budding and bursting with sound and color, every green known to nature’s arsenal and flowering dogwood and red bud galore-as the dogwood is fading to a known problem, the red bud still proliferates. Fall, again the mountains share with us nature’s palate. But, winter arrives and to the uninitiated appears stark and barren.

But, it is during this uncovered, so to speak, period that another beauty of the mountains shines through. One can actually see the topography, the undulations that underlie the proliferation of growth; the hollows and dells that cause travel through them to be so much more time consuming than the appearance of this land mass on a flat road map. As your eyes scan them, looking for beauty lost, one can see instead, beauty found-the leafless limbs of trees, dark and silhouetted against the white of the snow, through the intermittent smoke of rare chimneys, as they reach for the warmth of the sky, secure in the rhythm of nature that the warmth, the green, the colors, and the sounds will, as always, return.

As this love has grown, so too has my appreciation of the mountains in the winter as creeks, narrowed and slowed by ice formations tumble, and trickle at times, making preparation for what used to occur before global warming-the January thaw and then, again, holding their collective breath, until spring when the thaw and the proliferation of color burst through in all glory. Ah, the mountains-they get in your blood, causing feelings of nostalgia and longing in the hearts of many who might be forced to leave them for whatever the reason. If one cannot tell, I so love them.

Terry Lee Webb was born and raised in Salem, Ohio. She spent summers with maternal grandparents, Harry and Ollie Blake up Dyer, which was just a short distance up Williams River Road in Webster County. Webb studied as an undergrad at Morehead State in Kentucky and received her MS in Northern Illinois. Webb began her career as a Therapist focused on Substance Abuse in DeKalb, Illinois and on to Supervisor of Youth Programs/Federal Nutrition for Elderly in Louisville, Kentucky until she was able to finally relocate to Webster County in 1983. Webb lived in Bergoo, on Cranberry Ridge and Payne’s Knob, then on to her current residence in Webster Springs, WV.