Friday, January 12, 2018
Spring came to visit, I suppose she sensed our feelings of desperation and hopelessness. She dropped in suddenly, I would never have believed you if you told me such a tale three days ago. With temperatures in the minus insane regions, freezing our nostrils together and beating weather reports from the arctic, it seemed impossible to me. Yesterday however; it began to warm up in the evening, a steady warm rain started just before dark but I didn't think anything of it. This morning as I pulled up the blind to my bedroom window, I stood dumbfounded. There before me was empty brown fields, no snow, no ice, no icicles hanging from the roof. I quickly got dressed and went outside, it was warm and had that early spring smell to it. "I didn't know you were really coming" I said to her, sometimes the news will say warmer weather but it usually doesn't happen like this. "Did you miss me" she asked, I wanted to say something but she said, "now hurry and enjoy your day, this is only a short visit to let you mentally recharge". I did enjoy the day, there was a lot I wanted to do outside without the worry of freezing fingers, snow down my boots or chills up my spine. First though I ran to release the animals, your free, your free I laughed as they ran out. Even the wild birds were chirping in such an excited way, that they made me think of little kids giggling. It seemed unreal, I was moving stuff around with my wheelbarrow where only twenty four hours ago, I would have been up to my knees in snow. January thaws do happen, I don't however remember any being this dramatic so I'm not sure if it's just the common occurrence or something worse. There was a light south wind, then for about an hour everything was really calm, watching the chickens picking through the grass it was almost hard to believe winter even existed let alone just a day ago, maybe it's still October and I only dreamt we had winter. .............................................. "I have to go now" spring looked a little sad, she said her work was done for today, she told me no matter how bleak winter appeared, that she would be back soon enough and to hold on to thoughts of warmer days. Suddenly she faded, they had warned of flash freezing. There was a sound like a train coming and I realized it was the north wind, it hit the buildings and all the doors started slamming shut, the animals had already come in, the outdoor thermometer was dropping like an elevator. In about half an hour it dropped ten degrees. Winter was pissed, we are not on speaking terms, I don't like winter, it immediately hit hard with stinging sleet and then started snowing like crazy! As of now everything is covered with snow again, the temperature is dropping well below freezing, they are asking people to stay off the roads. I don't care though, a visit from spring was just what I needed.