Frozen mornings and warm afternoons.
March sunshine is powerful here. It melts away a landscape full of snow and cold, and brings the hope that one day soon it really will be a new season.
These sunny days are a balm for winter-weary souls. We are the hearty, the strong Canadian kind who look forward to snowstorms and can’t wait to play outside. But come March, even we long for the tradition of swatting mosquitoes around the campfire.
I am learning this simple truth: there is beauty in every season.
Winter’s frigid cold brings pastel skies and pale sunshine that makes the air sparkle with diamond dust.
Spring holds the beauty of birdsong and budding trees and flowers.
Summer’s heat grows our gardens and offers us long, warm evenings to play in.
Fall’s glorious colour is a second Spring of sorts, and its crisp air refreshes our senses.
Every year we receive these blessings without fail.
In my life I tend to see the glaring difficulties of the season I am in. And in my haste to focus on the negative, I sometimes miss the little lovely moments that really make this season beautiful. This morning, for the very first time in her seven years of life, our oldest daughter, our early riser, sleepily asked me to “wake her up in ten minutes”. I got to kiss my husband and we laughed together before he left for work. I have a small silky-headed boy in my arms, gnawing on my shoulder, chattering away, slowly tuckering himself out for a nap. And the middle two girls are currently wrapped up in a world of their imaginings, creating a story out of thin air and random household objects.
I kiss my boy’s chubby little cheek, knowing that before long, he will be right in the middle of all if it, running to keep up with the big kids.
I’m typing with one hand. It is taking me three times as long this way, but I don’t mind.
This is the beauty in my season – all the ordinary moments that are extraordinary to me.