I didn’t miss a thing. Walking to my car early this morning to take my wife to work as I do every morning, the ground was alive. For there, in the subtle light, were tulips that were awakening to the violins of spring. I looked at them and they looked at me. And of course, they were far more beautiful. The hibiscus tree that I had brought from inside of the house yesterday and put to the side of the front walkway, seemed to say to me, ‘what took you so Long’. For in that last 24 hours, it had begun smiling towards the sky with branches in open arms mode, no longer appearing stressed from the indoor climate which is never perfect, but now beaming with garden glee. The lawn has begun to shed its blah and frown and now bellows a happy relief. Its all seems like a big yawn that gets rid of the cold iceberg thorns and welcomes with joy the sunny waltz of spring.
We cheated the cold season. Yes, again we broke the rules of winter and flew south to Orlando to enjoy the warm air and warm water of Florida. I played golf a few times with my usual, scenery being good and score being a ‘lets not talk about it‘ story, but I got to taste the summer before our Canada time. My usual summer attire, flip flops, shorts and a T shirt, was all I needed to keep in pace with the relaxing Orlando sunny ray days and it branded me with a suntan as a reward for being there.
So now, we embrace the beautiful spring season with a perfect smile, our soulmate, our beautiful Canadian outdoors that many have written about, painted about and have been left simply amazed by. The change of seasons have been expressed in many ways that have ignited the passions of our grateful people, born into the lakes and lands of the freedoms of nature.
But the winter has taken. It has taken the years and again spoke to us in our hearts as to how lucky we are to be living in such a beautiful place, where the windy trees always point toward heaven, where the lakes, forests and mountains have survived the cruelest weather and brought forth life and where the people of our land have been blessed by Mother Nature and grown hearts of love and courage.
I love the spring and I love this land.