Spring comes when nature says it’s time all calendars and predictions be damed. Well, the birds are beginning to migrate so I believe that we will see more positive spring signs in the upcoming days. Our seasons are weeks perhaps even a month later than what they were ten or fifteen years ago and continue to track that same pattern. My friend let me borrow his big monster bird lens and although I am not near as capable of catching some of the shots he captures, yesterday I had a fun time trying.
About this time of year if you happen to live in a region with four seasons, the word snow becomes a much dreaded and overused four letter word. Cursed for falling on houses and cars, for covering sidewalks and streets. But snow wasn’t meant to be viewed from a window, it wasn’t suppose to be trudged on by footsteps or pounded to pavement by tires. Mother Nature gave us snow so that we might understand purity, innocence, and cleansing. And when she sprinkles it across a forested landscape? She shows us perfection. And so it was on a trip to Hocking Hills yesterday.
Remember when the day wasn’t over until newly cut grass blades began sticking to dew moistened feet? The sky went from amber to gray as the last “ally ally in free” echoed across lightning bug silhouetted bodies of “kick the can” friends? Those were the days when bangs and bruises, cuts and scrapes were washed before bed and all but faded before the next morning. Most importantly, it was a time when wishes filled dreams that only looked forward. And then one day, some of those wishes reached their expiration date, and they got moved to the dreams that could only look back. Just saying… don’t allow your wishes or dreams to expire. Grab all the experiences that you possibly can, and use the time that swirls around you to your greatest advantage. It’s the new year… and this might be the greatest day.
As the last day of 2014 wanes, unleash regrets, turn loose those things that you can not change and embrace that which is held in the warm opportunities of tomorrow. Like so many bricks in memory filled walls, hold on to that which will support a stronger and more balanced foundation. Wishing you all the best in the new year!