Thursday, February 5, 2009
"The flowers of late winter and early spring
occupy places in our hearts well out of proportion
to their size." ~Gertrude S. Wister
mr. february, oh how you make me long for the bright and warm days of spring
why do you leave me feeling so uninspired every year?
maybe it's because you take all the color of life with you....no festive color left from the holidays and seemingly so long before the first bright blooms of next month
all desire to create slowly drains from me during your long stay...every.year.
i search for inspiration but can't find anything but dead grass, dirt, tattered leaves, firewood debris, frost bitten ferns.....all brown, all dead
i carry my camera with me, deliberately seeking for signs of life, for some color, for anything pretty.....
i did find these pink beauties smiling at me from the fresh flower counter and had to have them
ahhh....how i love color, bright and cheery
the delicate petals, the soft floral scent, the long stems in my favorite glass vase...
these make you, mr. february, a little more tolerable
i suppose i can tolerate the last long weeks of winter and use them for rest and rejuvenation rather than speed-crafting, planning overload, and the constant run-around that spring and summer will inevitably bring.....
i can tolerate the last colorless days of winter knowing God's bountiful show of color, life-giving warmth, longer days, and warm rains to nourish the ground are on the way
i can think ahead to all the days i can fill with flower planting, flip flops, kids playing outside, capris, park days, relaxing on the backyard swing, morning walks, late evening walks after supper, cold glasses of sweet tea, fresh salad greens, fresh sliced tomatoes with every meal, sweet strawberries....
yes, i know all the things i love about the rest of the year wouldn't seem so dear to me if it weren't for you bringing me to rock bottom
but, because i have made a commitment to strive for excellence in my life this year, i will try very hard to see your presence as more of a blessing, the blessing of another year, the blessing of very quiet days spent inside, the blessing of rest, the blessing of time to read more than i normally do, the blessing of reading to my kids even more, the blessing of cold temps in contrast to the summer heat, the blessing of knowing that you are just a part of this cycle that i can't imagine doing without
okay.....i'm all better now :)
How about you? Are you a fan of Mr. February.....or not?
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