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This I believe I look out of the window grey. It was grey yesterday and tomorrow it will be grey. Grey, dull, cold, damp all the negative words that you can think of to describe the awfulness of a lingering winter. Month after month of grey, wet, miserableness. But I believe that spring will come. It might be next week, it may well take longer, but it will come.
How do I know? Well it always does doesnt it. Twelve months, three for summer, three for fall, three for winter and then heaven three for spring. Thats how it is supposed to be. My whole life history tells me that every year spring will come. It is just hard to believe when I still have to wear thick jerseys and have the heating turned up.
But the birds believe. There have been a pair of blue tits bringing nesting material to block up my gutter for a week now. The lilac tree at the bottom of the garden wont flower until May, but the buds formed a month ago, before going into stasis. It is the tallest tree in the garden, reaching higher year by year as it seeks out the earliest sun rays that creep round the large building behind it every day. Even the bluebells, that wont flower for months, have poked their thick, shiny leaves above the loam. There is an almond tree opposite.
Every time the sun has shone for the past month it has managed to open a few blooms tiny dots of palest pink against the dark gloom of the ivy behind, but soon the sun will stay for a whole day and it will erupt into beauty. The weather people make predictions. web tells us that before the month ends temperatures will rise and winds change to those from the southwest. They even, rather daringly, predict a diminishing rainfall. So they believe it too. Gardeners know that spring will come.
The BBC gardening page web talks of the joys of seeing spring bulbs and blossom. It also talks of it being time to plant seeds and to plant out cuttings. Gardeners tend to so believe that spring will come that it is hard for them to hold back. Every year millions of seedlings must perish, because they are planted out too early. But it will come.
Those dead looking buds will develop their fringe of palest green and then unfold, some slowly, others like rhubarb so quickly that you can hear them groaning. Spring makes us promises. We see a tiny pair of leaves emerging from the detritus of the previous season. Hardly anything to see at all, but in our imagination we see a tall tulip or hyacinth perhaps. We see tiny flowers on a gooseberry bush and anticipate fruit, pies, jam and all the rest. We see a pear tree in blossom and taste in our mouths the juice and texture of a perfect pear.
The shops certainly believe in spring - a new season means new money so we have spring fashions, web new paints and designs, everyones thoughts seem to turn to new starts, beginning all over again. Yet of course we couldnt have spring if we didnt have winter. The plants need the time to prepare. The birds have to travel back from their winter roosts. The cold has to rot down all the debris of fall.
The sun has to make its journey back across the heavens. If it were always spring, if the quince were always in blossom, there would be no fruit. Christians look forward to spring. They believe even more than most perhaps in the new life that it brings as they look forward to Easter and the empty tomb. We all need to put the past behind us and make fresh starts in life. Nature has ensured that we have that opportunity each and every year even if it takes some imagination on such a grey day as this.
Electronic Sources BBC Gardening web retrieved 13 th March 2007 Meteorological Office web retrieved 13 th March 2007 Spring Fashions web retrieved 13 th March 2007
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