Sunday, February 8, 2009
We had spring weather yesterday and they're calling for the same today. It was a little cloudy, but wonderfully mild. The snow was melting so fast that I'm totally optimistic that our driveway will be clear of the ice pack by the end of today.
I love February because by this time of year spring is so close we can smell it. Days like today are a tease of what's to come and wherever I go around town I start thinking about the cherry trees that will pop in May and the lilacs that I long for in early June. I love the fact that each bush and tree has its own debut here - we can count on the daffodils and crocuses first, the azaleas soon after, and on and on all throughout the season. As each one greets the new year they give us a little thrill in the knowledge that life goes on, despite what's happening in the world at large. The economy may be bad, our car may be broken down, and the refrigerator is about to go - but darned if those bulbs don't push their way out of the ground right on cue to let us know that everything is really OK.
We may well have more cold weather ahead and we may even have more snow. No problem! I don't mind the cold and the snow as long as I know it will end eventually. That's why I love East Hampton. There are four wonderful seasons, each lasting as long as I need them and then moving on to the next. Constant change, constant variety, and yet as predictable as the sun. What an amazing world!