A little over a week ago I finally planted the crocus bulbs that I’d bought last fall. Winter hit early here, and my ridiculous to-do list of “things to do before the first freeze” was pretty much thrown out the window–I was glad simply to have gotten the hoses disconnected before the temps dropped. (I did also manage to plant six shrubs….and that was it.)
Then it was January and for nearly a week, we had fall again.
Temperatures started out in that “not too bad when it’s sunny” 40 degree range, then up into the 60’s, and suddenly it was genuinely warm.….and I realized that with the ground thawed, I might be able to get those two boxes of crocus in the ground.
That’s when I started plotting this blog post. Thoughts of hope and spring were collecting in my head and knocking about; I knew I had to work in Anne Lamott’s quote about how
It helps beyond words to plant bulbs in the dark of winter.
So that’s what we did, my five-year-old gardening partner and I, on a blustery 50 degree afternoon in January. (50 degrees! In January!!)
That was a Tuesday. Then Saturday came, and the snow poured down…..this is Kansas, after all.
Honestly, even this weather makes me happy. Nine inches of snow is more than that five-year-old has ever seen….this was the year she finally got to build her first snowman. And this was decidedly the best kind of snow; the stuff that sticks to the trees and makes everything glorious, but melts on the still-warm streets.
So my thoughts shift to change. Yes, hope and spring; but also, yes, change….things can go dark and silent quickly. Those warm, sunny days can come crashing down days later, branches overwhelmed with heavy snow. Bulbs planted in hope are now buried, a foot deep, under all that’s fallen.
Pay attention, though, to what that means.
If things can turn that quickly for the worse, they can also turn for the better.
Change works both ways. For the bad…and for the good.
So this is still a post about hope. Because it is January now. But in time it will be April. “Weeping may linger for the night, but joy comes with the morning.” (Psalms 30:5)