It is a lovely spring day…in the early winter. We are only seventeen days past the Winter Solstice. There will be many cold and gray days ahead before spring truly arrives. Days like today give me a reason to hope.
The days have lengthened five whole minutes since the solstice. Five more minutes of beautiful, bright sunlight. I am still waiting for the sun to appear above the hill that shields my view. The sun’s ascent shows pink above the pines. It is a hint of the spring that will not truly come until late March…or early April. Spring’s arrival will not come soon enough but there is nothing I can do about the calendar except hope.
As I walk, the morning is cool but not cold. Bracing? The lake I walk around seems welcoming as the sunlight finally touches it. Flashing light shows in the ripples caused by a gentle breeze. The sunlight is not warming yet, but there is hope for later.
Yesterday and today are those wonderful days, days that a person hopes for during winter. Blue, cloudless skies following a wet week in a wet month in a wet year. Temperatures will climb above sixty under bright, clean, blue skies.
Birds flitting and playing around their feeders. Cardinals, titmice, chickadees, a couple of woodpeckers. They seem hopeful too. Squirrels chase each other around the base of a hemlock tree. A truly glorious morning in what is going to be a glorious day.
A ride in the mountains and a stop at a nearby BBQ joint after church seemed in order. My bride agrees. The people on the streets of the small town seem happier than usual…maybe it is because I’m happier than the usual on this unusual January day. They too bask in the sunlight.
There will be other hopeful days during this unhopeful season until warm and humid breezes find their way here to chase my blues away. What a lovely spring day in the early winter.
Image of the winter sun is from https://www.thelocal.de/20180301/report-berlin-and-brandenburg-sunniest-german-states-this-winter
For more of Don Miller’s musings https://www.amazon.com/Don-Miller/e/B018IT38GM