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Friday, February 26, 2010

Spring shall come to you too



"Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers today; And give us not to think so far away As the uncertain harvest; keep us here, all simply in the springing of the year." -- Robert Frost

What I've noticed about aging into my fifties is more acceptance for the now, more understanding of the past, and an accute awareness that the future comes so fast that
I'm better off relishing the present.

My mother always said that once Labor Day comes, the 4th of July is here before you know it, and once 4th of July comes, Labor Day is here before you know it. She was in her 50's then, I was 20. She was much wiser than me at the time on the speed of life. But time seems to have sped up so much for me, that I have moments of anxiety and slight depression. People that have been fixtures in my life forever are dying, places I used to go with memories attached are being torn down. I have little conversations in my head, such as,

"...wait, wasn't it just yesterday I was there with my parents? What year was that? Oh my, it was 20 years ago. Could it have been so long ago? I was 32."


So it got me to thinking about spring. I had walked out this morning to go to the barn. It was damp, misty, but warm. It was a 50 degree day that smelled of earth. I analyzed how a 50 degree day in a late Oregon February smells different than a 50 degree day in October.

It always comes, Spring does. It might not come in the same way each year, but it always comes. It never dies, or leaves you, it just evolves into other things, and then returns to you down the road, in its own style. That's why when you see little flowers and buds, it's like seeing old friends again after a long absence. You missed them. You remember how they looked and acted, and smelled so nice of natural perfumes. Oh what a joyous reunion, to greet your old friends!

Where ever you are right now, Spring will get to you too.

10 comments:

kerin rose said...

Katherine, I find you inspiring beyond words...so happy to read about your journey here!
namaste

Cathy said...

I needed to read this in the midst of yet another massive snowstorm. Thanks, sweet girl!

Claire said...

Thank you Katherine. I am heartened by your message that spring will come, because right now, I don't feel it. The weight of winter lies heavily upon my body and mind. Perhaps some lambs would help lift the weight.

Sharon said...

your words are woven together so beautifully they read like poetry....it's nice to be reminded that spring will come....eventually. thanks.

Jennifer Morrison said...

A beautiful post Katherine. I'm at a similar and just as reflective time in my life. And every bit as grateful for the preciousness of spring. You get an earlier one than we - so clinging to your scent of earth with anticipation!

Mook said...

Same here - thanks :) Rīga is only just starting to thaw...

Alina said...

Hello Katherine, I don't know how I "stumbled" here but I'm glad I did. It's a great coicidence to hear you talk about your perception of life in your 50's since I am going through the same myself. I so agree with you! Spring will return and I will make sure to enjoy it every minute. May I recommend a book? "Traveling with Pomegranates" by Sue Monk Kidd. I believe you will enjoy it! Thanks for a lovely post.

Editor52 said...

Just a warning, Katherine. Your spring post struck a chord with me. I thought about it all day, then I went nuts tonight and not only posted some of your words on Facebook, crediting you, of course, I also posted links to your blog and comments touting your work. Here's hoping I can drive your traffic higher than I can drive the ratings on my network! I want everyone to read your wisdom and admire your work -- in any medium. Thanks!

Kathy said...

Oh Katherine, you hit the nail on the head. Aren't we having the earliest spring here in Oregon? I hope Mother Nature doesn't pull the rug out from under us and put us in a freeze again. All the pretty flowers and buds will be so upset. How are those ewes coming along?

Apifera Farm said...

Hi everyone! So nice to hear people respond to this- I'd answer each one of you, but you know I have 'sheep frenzy' right now....Forgive me.

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