Tuesday, February 4, 2014

The Silver Lining Behind Cold, Rainy Days

We've had a few consecutive days here in TX of rain, cold, and general lack of sunlight.  As gardeners we tend to get a little antsy about when Spring will finally arrive.  We want to go play in the dirt!  But today, as I took out our kitchen compost, I realized that all this rain is doing something beautiful.

That's a bud emerging from a paperwhite bulb (a member of the narcissus family).  The greenery has been out for several weeks, but the flowers have been waiting for a good soaking.

Sometimes what seems like a season of constant setbacks and bad surprises can be full of beautiful, good fruit...when you step back and look at it.

The problem with me is that I typically keep a running list in my mind of all that's recently gone wrong, so as soon as something negative happens I pack it to the snowball of previous negatives, and it all seems ever-looming.  Like that big boulder in Indiana Jones, about to crush me.

But really it's just a rainy day, and I'll bet something good and beautiful is around the corner.  I sure hope I can remember that!

“When people will not weed their own minds, they are apt to be overrun by nettles.” 
― Horace Walpole


  1. I love it when the daffodils start to push through the soil! This time of year seems so dead in the garden, and they pop up to remind me that new life is coming soon.