Today I am thankful for...
~a walk with the little babe through a garden area at the local park, still full of dried stalks and seed heads, rustling in the breeze.
~that little babe of mine with the sharp eyes who spotted the tiny flowers that normally announce the coming of Spring. And I am normally happy to see them. But on this 75 degree day in FEBRUARY, I found it upsetting. Another mother at the playground made a remark about the pleasant weather, probably expecting me to make a similar comment about how lovely it is. Honestly, I do not think it is lovely. I think it is strange. I think it is a bad sign. My husband told me that some climate scientists said that we are three weeks ahead of season. So what, right? Just three weeks. Okay, so three weeks this year. Then maybe another three weeks next year. What about the year after that? Shorts in January instead of hats and scarves? My daughter could grow up not knowing what Winter is supposed to be, used to be like, in central Pennsylvania. So while those crocuses might be pretty, I told my daughter that I am not happy to see them. Doom and gloom. Reality.
~gifts from the late Winter/abnormally early Spring garden. The little babe has been feeling independent lately, donning her wellies and going out to take care of Peg, her metal chicken. After discovering last week that the herbs are starting to grow, she has been bringing me tiny pieces of brown tipped chives and frost damaged immature lemon balm and sage leaves. Also small carrots that she decided she now likes and has been nibbling on.
Sorry to be a bit grumpy, but wearing a t-shirt, getting a sunburn, and sweating while walking through the park in February in Pennsylvania just feels wrong. And it worries me. I'd mention the polar bears, but you'd think I'm being melodramatic.
What are you thankful for today?