A few years ago, I would have tamped down those feelings. I would have told myself, “Don’t get your hopes up. We still have several weeks of winter ahead of us with likely more snow to come.” In other words, I would have chastised myself for feeling hopeful at the possibility of spring. I would have called it a “reality check.” Don’t enjoy something that won’t last because you are bound to be disappointed when it is gone.
What a limiting perspective! Perhaps it comes out of my Puritan heritage of emotional temperance. I am so glad that I have learned to recognize it and choose something else.
My fourteen year old asked me to sit with her and her friends at a movie. My nine year old still climbs into my lap to snuggle. I know these things won’t last - so I am going to soak them up and relish in them even more.
So, walking to church on Sunday. I drank in the warm air. I let the earthy smells envelop me. I imagined the crocuses and daffodil bulbs stirring in the ground.
We may end up with a few more feet of snow, a few more snow days and shoveling opportunities in March. But for these days that suggest the coming of Spring, I am going to soak up every minute of mild air, let it thaw the hardened ground within and stir new growth in me.
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