Spring showers and flowers are always welcome in Chicago.
These daffodils are a bit droopy right now because of the rain we're getting. It will be Saturday before they stand up tall but they're no less welcome. The brilliant yellow offers a welcome relief to the drab overcast and rainy days we're enjoying right now.
I particularly appreciate this stark reminder that no matter how dreary things might appear at the moment we have a lot to be thankful for.
Now's the perfect time for planning how we'll spend those glorious sunshiny days when they arrive in their full glory. But we don't need to wait, When the drizzle lets up, pop outside for a brief look around and enjoy.
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I wasn't about to let this glorious day slip away without getting out for a walk. Sunshine and 80 degree temperatures this early in March is a rarity.
When I stepped out the back door, I discovered this glorious stand of daffodils in full bloom. I could almost hear them saying, "We just couldn't wait for the gardener to spruce up the yard. It's time to celebrate a new season.
Now, I know Spring doesn't officially arrive in Chicago until next Tuesday, March 20th; but, for me and these daffodils, it's time to celebrate anyway.
Even amidst all the concrete and masonry in Chicago there's room for nature's delightful creations. You might need to look a little closer but if you do, it's there to brighten your day. .
Or maybe, I just wasn't among the chosen ones and this is hell and I'm doomed to stay here for the duration.
Well, that's ok. I had a birthday to celebrate with my daughter.
Chicago doesn't offer all that many wide open spaces that are easily accessible by car. But we like going out to the point at Montrose Park. The high rises are just far enough away and the lake stretches as far as you can see. At this particular spot, there's plenty of grass and trees (that happened to be in full bloom today). It's a perfect place to enjoy a leisurely sandwich and visit over many things while enjoying the sailboats glide effortlessly over the calm sky blue water..
This was a particularly spectacular Chicago day. Early in the afternoon – before the spring shower began – the sun was still shining but there was also a soft magical haze that softened the effect. The breeze off Lake Michigan was actually a bit on the chilly side. Together the sun and wind gave us a day that was a pleasant 85 degrees.
We talked of many things including the state of the world's current crises, the economy and work challenges. We couldn't solve the world's problems – of which there are many – but this setting seemed to put everything in perspective for now.
I don't know about the rapture and I'm not going to worry too much about it. I – and my daughter – are one day older [ "… and deeper in debt…" as Johnny Cash used to sing 😉 ]
I haven't got a clue what the future holds. I'm not even going to guess. It's not important. Right now, all seems right with the world. Tomorrow? Que Sera, Sera.
I do hope you took some time to get out of doors today. Even a short walk around your home
can help to refresh and rejuvenate.
Today, May Day, has traditionally been set as a day of celebration throughout the world.
At no time has a day to regroup been more important.
Yes, we've got problems. Politics has gone crazy. Gas and food prices are rampant. Unemployment has devastated countless Americans.
Even a quick break to get away from the news and computers can help to put everything in perspective. In fact, I suggest that a half hour walk each morning should be a "must do".
There's beauty and promise of hope out there – all we have to to is look around and
Nature's promise of hope has been re-enacted for eons before we came on the scene. Nature will be here long after we've done our best to exploit it.
In Chicago we're constantly reminded of this. Every so often there's a report of a bob cat, a fox, a deer right in the middle of this concrete jungle. Squirrels and rabbits thrive here in spite of the traffic. Natural flora, including weeds, are prolific in spite of our best efforts to create manicured picture-perfect environments restricted to pre-selected hybrids.
This is not all bad. It's a reminder that Nature reclaims its own and that it goes on in spite of all our efforts to control.
Even so, we are stewards. Once we learn to work with Nature and care for it (and each other) we can begin to enjoy all the wealth the Earth has to offer. We can, once again, unleash an environment that supports and nurtures all of us.
What a perfect anecdote to the greed that pervades our environment today.
It's ok if you didn't get out today. Tomorrow will work. In fact, now that milder Spring weather has arrived, consider making it a habit of taking a walk first thing in the morning – before turning on the computer and reading the news. I don't know a more effective way to put everything into perspective.