Yippee! Spring’s just around the corner!
I know it is cos certain repetitive events that I’ve become accustomed to experiencing whilst darkness still commands the sky are now, at last, being accompanied by a distinct lightening.
Longer days are afoot and finally I can think about the oppressive shackles of Winter being cast off.
It happens every year of course and shouldn’t come as any surprise… yet somehow it still does.
And each year my reaction is similar… an unexpected and surprising gleefulness, too often accompanied by a glint of Pan-like mischieviousness in my mind’s eye.
Apart from last year, which virtually from the start announced itself with feelings of deep foreboding… that, as the year unfolded, alas proved to be far too well-founded.
Curiously, whilst my head tells me that this coming year will be little different, perhaps even more dismal, my heart says something else entirely. How odd. And encouraging. Even exciting.
The truth is I suppose that I’ve never really grown up (whatever that may mean) and I can still too easily be filled by wonder and totally unwarranted expectations when witnessing seasonal changes that for far too many folk have become unremarkable.
And as if to bear out this childlike excitement, here’s a thing…
The pic accompanying this post (the one at the top, of the chains) was taken last night. Just messing around really. No ulterior motive other than that I thought it might be kinda neat.
Yet how aptly it fits the topic… a topic that didn’t occur to me until this afternoon when I noticed how much lighter the room was compared to exactly the same time only a few days ago.
And, hastily scribbling my thoughts down on paper before they vanished into the aether as so many meanderings of my mind tend to, I recollected the pic.
Ok, maybe they’re not precisely shackles, but chains are close enough. No need to get too picky. So was this just a happy coincidence, serendipity, or my subconscious busily beavering away behind the scenes?
Who knows, but this fortunate little twist fills me with a silly tingle of delight.
And just to round things off nicely, and remind me of what’s lurking around the corner, here’s a pic from last year…