Without darkness, nothing comes to birth. As without light, nothing flowers.
~ May Sarton
The big storm system that brought lots of snow to the Midwest is visiting us with wind and rain. Lots of wind and rain. Another tree fell in the woods so now we have two blocking the Woodland Trail. Large branches from the pines in the cemetery are littering the ground on that part of the property. It is not a good day to be in the woods. Pine cones, small and large branches, and bark from the dead or dying trees are flying.
I heard on the news that Punxsutawney Phil, that wily old groundhog, saw his shadow this morning. I wonder how that happened? I’m pretty sure they had overcast skies out that way. Was it one of those quick breaks in the clouds, when the sun gets a chance to peek through and remind us it’s up there somewhere? We just had one of those moments here. The sunlight looks so bright in contrast to the dark clouds. I like that kind of light. It made me get up and go to the window, and consider taking another walk until the clouds moved back in and the sun disappeared again.
So, Phil thinks there will be six more weeks of winter. I hear the groundhog has an eighty percent accuracy rate. That might be better than some of our local weather forecasters.
Groundhog Day is the halfway point between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox. I kind of feel sorry for Phil. He’s supposed to be hibernating. It doesn’t seem right for his handlers from the Inner Circle of the Punxutawney Groundhog Club to be yanking him out for a weather prediction. Sleep, they say, is important for your health. I would think that’s particularly true for those who hibernate throughout the winter months.
That’s it from me on this rather dreary day. Thank you for visiting, and taking a short walk with me. We might be able to see the sunset this evening. It depends on how fast the clouds clear. If they clear, it might be worth going down to the Point to watch the show. Storms often leave behind magnificent sunsets. Sunset is at 5:26 PM. I’ll meet you down there about ten minutes before that. Be sure to bundle up. We started out warm (in the mid-50’s), but the temperature has been dropping quickly this afternoon.
Be good, be kind, be loving. Just Be. 🙂
Keep busy with survival. Imitate the trees. Learn to lose in order to recover, and remember nothing stays the same for long, not even pain. Sit it out. Let it pass. Let it go.
~ May Sarton