Jackie Gingrich Cushman

We were the lucky ones.

It took a friend five hours to drive the 16 miles from the Atlanta Airport to a school two miles from our house. At that point, he decided to abandon his car and hike to our home in the dark. Other neighbors abandoned cars, had friends pick up their children from schools and rescued children from school buses that were stuck in the snow.

Themes of hospitality, help and hope have emerged from the stories of those stuck all night in their cars and of the many who diverted to friends' houses.

Today, as I write, the weather in Atlanta has once again taken a turn for the worse. This time, ice is falling instead of snow. Deal and Reed have both been working to ensure that preparations have been made to deal with the weather. Power crews have been brought in, schools were preemptively closed, and a state of emergency has been issued.

How this second wave of weather turns out, we will have to wait and see. Weather happens. But, regardless of the weather, I know that Georgians will continue to be hospitable, help others and hope.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman

Jackie Gingrich Cushman is a speaker, syndicated columnist, socialpreneur, and author of "The Essential American: 25 Documents and Speeches Every American Should Own," and co-author of “The 5 Principles for a Successful Life: From Our Family to Yours”.