“She turned to the sunlight
And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbor:
“Winter is dead.”
― A.A. Milne,
Sunshine, Spring, and a Fresh Breath of Joy
One week ago, ferocious wind and sideways snow blew through the little corner of Ohio where I live. Here in Ohio, winter is dark, often overcast for weeks at a time. The weather has been this way this year — heavy skies with sometimes snow. There is no sea with its vast power, no mountains with their sheer grandeur. The sunrises and sunsets can be glorious when we see the sun, but winter means clouds. I sometimes (oftentimes?) wonder to myself why anyone would choose to live here. But then a taste of spring swoops in and saves me.
This past weekend was this girl’s dream, filled with golden sunshine — a divine kiss. It was just what I needed.
“The sun just touched the morning;
The morning, happy thing,
Supposed that he had come to dwell,
And life would be all spring.”
― Emily Dickinson
The coming weeks will certainly still be characteristic of Ohio winter — cold, gray, windy, oppressive — but soon sunshine will be the norm. Thank God for the taste of Spring, for the reminder that what is to come will be more beautiful and fragrant than we remember from last Spring, for the hope and joy that come with the change in seasons.
“Spring shows what God can do with a drab and dirty world.”
― Victor Kraft
“Is the spring coming?” he said. “What is it like?”…
“It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine…”
― Frances Hodgson Burnett,
As I wrote on January 5, “Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you. (Walt Whitman)” This year, I’m focused on keeping my face angled up toward the sunshine, and these sunnier days certainly bring joy and warmth. Do they for you?
Have a great week, snowy, dark, sunny, or otherwise. Soon it will be spring!