do we dare to hope?

Monday, February 14, 2011

yesterday was warm. today will be even warmer. there is rain (drizzle) in the forecast. dare we hope for spring? there will be some ice for awhile, but thats just a part of the thaw cycle. now that the temps have come up dorijane and i can start back going to the state park for walks. really looking forward to outdoors and fresh air.
this has been a strange and crazy winter. i will be glad to see the last of it.
spring never used to be my favorite season--until i began to garden and came to understand the profound change the world undergoes in spring. the same kind of change happens in the fall, but since the world is drifting off to sleep it isn't as dramatic--as hopeful. the promise of awakening is so distant from the mind then--all you see is the oncoming slumber. i love to watch the sleeping earth in winter. the still silence, the dormant trees, frozen water--it has its own kind of important beauty. but when the spring begins to tug at winters sleeve, asking for its turn at the head of the line, we all wish the cold visitor would tire of its prominence and give way sooner rather than later. hopefully in a week or two i will catch the scent of damp living earth, and sense that unique flavor it puts into my mouth. it is a fleeting sensation that i usually only catch once. but when it arrives i know spring is coming. soon the sandhill cranes will be flying high overhead--often they fly above the clouds, so you can hear their clattering flight song without seeing them. the cardinals will begin their courting "CHEER CHEER" and the robins will begin to sing. titmice add their mating song to their repetoire of scolding and fussing. springtails will appear on the last melting clumps of snow, and the ground will go from solid to semi liquid as everything turns to mud. i will be able to spend time outdoors with only a flannel shirt or sweatshirt for warmth, and the spring breezes will flutter through my hair and shirttails as i walk at the park. when the level roads at the park become clear and dry i will start my journey towards learning chi running, and begin the trek toward my first goal of running a 5K. Its also my intention to have rob get our bicycles down from the rack, service and ready them for use, so we can rekindle our love of bicycling.
lots to do. COME ON SPRING.
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