Every So Slowly, Spring Appears…

Sometimes it’s hard to write especially when I’m crabby and I’ve been kind of crabby lately because it feels like spring is NEVER going to arrive. Truthfully, I’ve had a harder time with winter than I thought I would. Maybe it’s because winter came in October. Or perhaps it’s because I’m not used to being inside so much. It’s like being in a cocoon. I was sick more this winter than I ever have been before…maybe it was that. Or maybe…just maybe, it’s because I’ve only been here for 7 1/2 months and I might just be a little bit homesick. Whatever it is…I’m ready for spring!

Here’s the other thing that happened to me this winter. I had to reach out more and let some of my acquaintances, (who are now my friends) know that I was having a hard time. I had to stop being “Bubbly Cindy” and let my soul out. It was good for me. And you know what they did…they took my hand and gave me a safe place to fall. I’m so grateful for them. I also discovered the blessing and gratitude that comes when family and friends come to visit. They braved the cold…didn’t really get to see much of the fall; didn’t get to see Franklin covered in snow either, but oh how they rescued me!

This winter was challenging on so many levels but I’m finding that these kinds of challenges bring me more in touch with myself. It’s a journey I’m on and it’s not going to stop because spring is upon us, but today it’s March 24 and I woke up to 27 degree weather! I’m ready for spring and all the beauty that accompanies it. I’m ready to put my coats away. So today, I took a break and I went looking for it. And here’s what showed up…

The peach tree in my yard is almost ready to bloom.

The Bradford Pears bloomed almost overnight.

Jonquils and daffodils adorn every open space.

Doesn’t look like much yet…but a week ago…none of this growth existed on my roses.

The hydrangeas will return. This gives me hope.

There will be spring. Life will be renewed. The warm breezes will move up from the Gulf. I’ll take hikes and picnic in open meadows. I’m learning that it’s not things that matter…it’s the wonder of our world and the miracle of renewal.

It’s been a long winter but there will be Spring!

I would love it if you would leave me a comment. Tell me who you are and how you made it through winter. Thanks for stopping by.


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