By Force of Will

Right now, it’s snowing.

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I have been trying to bring on spring by force of will, and it isn’t working.

Naomi and I have been on walks nearly every day, no matter the weather.

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I wore Goldberry on St. Patrick’s Day, and she looked almost violently bright compared to my environs.

I started peas yesterday. 

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(Good life lesson: Clean out the seed starting flats right after you take seedlings out of them; don’t wait until right before you want to use them again. Yuck.)

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I’ve knit on almost nothing but shocking rainbow socks.

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I found the fattest robin redbreast I’ve ever seen perching in our backyard, checking out the tentative buds, who are in turn waiting (wisely) for the right moment to bloom.

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But right now, it’s snowing. Big, fat flakes out of an upside-down sea of dirty cotton balls.

These last bits of winter are the last dregs of a cup of black coffee. It’s really not fun anymore, but there are things I will miss about it. It’s uncomfortable, it’s gritty, it’s cold, and no amount of positivity will make it easy or nice. But there is good in it if I can stop and accept it.

Besides, it’ll probably melt by dinnertime.

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