Let the Sun Shine In

One of the things I love best about having a birthday in early March is that I can always count on feeling the stirrings of Spring as a gift from Nature.

Full disclosure: I’m Canadian, and I loathe winter.  (I know; I’m not sure if they’ll take back my citizenship for that or not either.)  But by the time my birthday rolls around, life on the 45th parallel is definitely getting brighter.

These tulips were given to me yesterday by my husband, and I absolutely love them.  I buried my nose in the purple bliss and took a deep breath.  The damp, earthy smell filled my nose and swept deep into my lungs, and something in me came out of dormancy.

I remember spring.

As I sit here writing at my desk, the sun is pouring in the window.  The sky still looks cold, and the snow still covers most of the ground, but winter’s days are numbered.

13 days and 18 hours, if you’re counting.


This post was created as part of Two Writing Teachers’ March Slice of Life Challenge.

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7 Comments

  • Beautiful picture of you! I adore tulips. There is a wonderful tulip farm not far from where I live. Your words always allow me to see, smell, touch, and feel what you are experiencing. The sun is shining here, too. I am hoping the snow disappears soon. Your countdown makes me happy. Spring is coming soon.

  • This heart of your story was so beautifully written: I buried my nose in the purple bliss and took a deep breath. The damp, earthy smell filled my nose and swept deep into my lungs, and something in me came out of dormancy. So many images come alive when I think of all that has been dormant which is beginning to wake up – in the world, and also in me. Happy Birthday!

  • Happy Birthday! And yes, to tulips! and Yes to spring! I am in Minnesota so I know the long winters. Our snow is beginning to melt and close to the house there is just be tiny beginning of tulips. Today was the first day they were visible! Can’t wait! Enjoy your tulips!

  • You can’t loathe winter–you’re Karen from Kanada! I’m happy that spring is just around the corner, and wish that you too were enjoying the wildflowers that are popping up here in north Alabama.

  • I love the promise of spring too! Beautiful tulips…I’ve had tulips, pink ones, in my house the past 2 weeks. I even saw some lovely daffodils today when I was out and about. Spring is nearly here!