posted on Jan, 31 2016 @ 06:33 AM
Having weathered the recent snow storm and feeling a bit closed-in by several days of snow, I determined to get outdoors and play today. The storm
had left small limbs scattered about the yard so I went out to pick them up and pack them into boxes for starting fires. I was enjoying the beautiful
sunshine and temps in the 60s. It was wonderful to go out and play without donning half of my wardrobe!
It was wonderful to be able to open the doors and windows and let the fresh air flow through the house---but I needed to get out there and feel the
earth under my feet, soggy though it was.
On the south side of the yard I was ever so surprised to find the first harbingers of Spring in our area already blooming!
These are the first of a mass of daffs that will bloom beside the road and all around my yard. My grandmother, mother and aunts planted literally
hundreds of them. Dug them up from their "homeplace" on the Tennessee River when TVA forced them to leave the ancestral home, transported them and
planted them in their "new" home. The descendants of those bulbs are scattered all over the US as they've been shared through the years. I dug
and gave away hundreds last year. And still they come.
When I wandered over to the north side of the yard, I found the very last remnant of the storm (and hopefully of winter, although I know that's being
way optimistic.) About three feet across, sheltered by a cedar tree, this last stubborn patch remained.
Just seeing those daffs lifted my spirits and reminded me that no matter how cold and bleak one week may seem, the next week can be as beautiful and
uplifting as we allow it to be. Even though I had just returned from a funeral, saying goodbye to a fine man, the promise that life springs anew was
healing. Just a few bedraggled pieces of yellow and green plant matter---that my Mammy planted. She is still making me smile even though she's been
gone over 40 years.
Do you have pics of the signs that Spring is coming? Has your snow melted?
I wish for you all such glorious days ahead.