Saturday, March 23, 2013

Eternal Spring

Come gentle spring!
Ethereal mildness, come.
                   ---James Thomson

Yesterday the sun was shining
and I had high hopes that I would start to see 
flowers and trees blooming in profusion
as one sunny day unfolded after another.

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Alas, this morning brings another chilling cold, gray, and overcast day.
So today, the Still Waters blog juxtaposes photos of the spring we long for
with a profusion of quotes about the other spring, the one we're getting so far.
Because in my reading, it has become clear that there are two kinds of spring:
the one that unfolds gracefully and gently, 
and the other one that comes in fits, starts, and tantrums, like a cranky toddler.
I think we all know which one we're having.

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Mark Twain:
In the spring I have counted one hundred and thirty-six
different kinds of weather
inside of four and twenty hours.

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Chinese Proverb:
Spring is sooner recognized by plants
than by man.

Author unknown:
Spring ...
wind and rain and other sorrow
warm today and cold tomorrow

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Henry Van Dyke:
The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another.
The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month.

I hope we only have to wait a month.
Until we know for sure,
we'd best follow the sentiments of  Victor Hugo:
winter is on my head, but eternal spring is in my heart.

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