Walking in 11 degree fahrenheit weather against a brisk north wind, preceded by a few days of a similar cold and snow, it is difficult to believe spring will ever come. But the tops of tulip stems reaching up from the soil, and the singing of red-winged blackbirds signal it is indeed on its way, giving me needed hope. My spirit has been lifted as well by sketching green and flowers from my photos of Ireland. Still I am very eager for warmer days. It is challenging to get up in the morning to leave a warm bed for the dark and cold to walk my dog, Annie. But I think I should be like the plants and animals, to have the same persistence and trust. They seem to say with their actions, “go forward, go forward, spring is beginning.” And today it officially has – the vernal equinox arrived this morning.
Happy First Day of Spring!