Thursday, February 10, 2011

Seasons of Life

Spring is just around the corner and, as can be seen in the banner here, I am counting down the days to my favorite season. That being said, I must also say that I have thoroughly enjoyed our cold, wet, white winter here this year. I have always loved the snow and look forward with much anticipation when the weather forecasters begin discussing the possibility of the 'S' word.

Once again this morning we awoke to the magical white world of winter for the 4th time this season...that has got to be a record for Georgia. We generally get one (2 if we are really lucky) good snows a year...usually around the end of January, or first of February...this season however it began with a White Christmas! That first snow brought about 3 inches of beautiful powdery white snow that would remain on the ground in some places for almost a week. The second snow came Jan. 10...6 to 12 inches...and basically shut down half the state of Georgia. Since then we have had another small dusting around the end of January and now this morning we woke to about an inch on the ground. Each of our snows this season have had their own special beauty...and today was no exception. Even though there were bare spots on the ground the snow clung to every branch and blade of grass. It was a wondrous site.

One of the reasons I love the snow is that it transforms an otherwise barren and bleak winter landscape into a magical and beautiful place. It is a place of stillness and beauty, a place where imagination can run wild and free or one can simply enjoy the silence. Even the disruptions it causes in our busy lives are to me a welcome respite from the day to day chores, a pause from running to and fro to 'accomplish' all the tasks that we seem to think we need to accomplish. So I am grateful for these beautiful breaks God sends to us during the winter months...I enjoy them in all their beauty, from the time I see the first flake fall from the sky until the last patch has melted from the ground in our shaded meadow. And as I enjoy this beautiful creation I remember that each snowflake is unique just as each of us 2 alike, all created by God to be unique and special.


“To get up each morning with the resolve to be happy is to set our own conditions to the events of each day. To do this is to condition circumstances instead of being conditioned by them.” ~ Ralph Waldo Trine

PHOTO OF THE DAY: Today is a 2-photo day.


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