It's been almost three years since I last saw Spring.
Last year, in India, it went straight from cold to sweltering in a matter of hours. The sky was blue for two days, but that was all the warning we got (and the first time I ever saw a clear sky in India!). When I returned to Georgia two months later, summer dressed the earth.
The year before, in Africa, it was high summer when I arrived and just starting to cool down when I left three months later. I was there for Spring in Africa in October of 2007. Africa wears purple that time of year. It was beautiful--but being from the Northern Hemisphere, I really missed Autumn!
So as I write this, I'm sitting outside watching the earth tremble with signs of Spring. The clues are everywhere: the perpetual breeze, warmer temperatures, and the puffy, lighter-than-air clouds. It's a perfect day. The ground is barren, brown and brittle from winter, and the trees shake empty limbs, but I feel hope. Expectation. Soon the earth will trill with life. Color will come again. We'll have our warm days, outdoor cook outs, and summer sunsets. It'll be as if winter never came.
Right now Nature is just setting the scene.
Do you have the patience to breed expectation in your readers?
See y'all Friday!
*Photo by Kristen Torres-Toro, July 2009*
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