There's a lot of pats-on-the-back to be given out this week.
But be gentle with them because the recipients are probably a little worn out and sore.
The ice started falling late Friday night and within a couple of hours, various crews were in full swing.
Workers from Georgia Power, Jefferson Electric, McDuffie County's road department, various emergency services -- even some out-of-state electrical companies -- converged on part of McDuffie County.
They worked long hours over the weekend -- sometimes in dangerous conditions -- to get roads open, debris cleared and power restored.
And as one electric company worker -- who will remain anonymous -- said Sunday: "And just think, people will still complain about their electric bill next month." Just as the words left his mouth, three power trucks rode by and headed back into the field.
We should heed the words of out-going McDuffie County Chamber of Commerce Chairwoman Mary Anne Coussons: "Never assume someone gets told what a good job they are doing or that they are appreciated or that they are loved."
Pat an ice storm hero on the back this week. Just do it gently.