Friday, December 31, 2010

If It Feels Like Springtime--Take It

So this morning after the sun rose I walked down the driveway to snatch the newspaper and wow! Forty-three luscious degrees caressed my face and the lawn had changed from white to green in the night.

"Spring!" I thought. "This feels like Springtime."

Then thud! went my heart as I remembered it's only December 31st and I live in Buffalo which means Winter, snow, ice, freezing rain and high temps only in the teens have just started.

But you know? Right away this little voice (uh-oh) whispered, "If it feels like Springtime--take it. Accept it as a spring-like gift in December. But! Be careful not to spoil it with dread of the long winter months ahead.

Wow. Don't you just love those simple revelations? 

A gift of a spring-like day on December 31st. A day when I, later, carried my poor ol' deflated pumpkins from the front steps over to the compost pile and picked up pine cones, too--all without a jacket, just my usual two layers of knitted long-sleeve tops. A day when I greeted our neighbors as they got into their car then took a little walk around our yard and all the puddles.

I'll take a springtime day in December anytime. Revel in it. Celebrate it and just accept it as the amazing gift it is--no dread to mar it allowed. Only straight gratitude.



Unknown said...

I feel the same way and enjoy every warm moment I can get. I appreciate all the blessings I can get.

Auntie sezzzzzz... said...

Gentle New Years hugs...

Pat said...

My feelings too! No more snow, it's all gone..yipeeee~
Like you, I know it's only Jan 1 and theres a lot of winter left, but I count today as a gift of what's to come if we are patient!
Happy New Year my friend!

Mrs. Mac said...

What a lovely way to start off the new year .. unusual for your neck of the woods .. thanks for stopping by my blog .. the painting you asked about is done by the Swedish painter Carl Larsson titled .. Lucia Morning. Here's a web address
I am a devoted admirer of his artwork .. and it's old enough to be copyright free. Enjoy the new year.

jodi said...

I washed all of the cars this weekend to get the salt off. Took advantage of all the warm weather. Now I'm ready for the 2nd half of winter!