Friday, March 20, 2015
Wearin' O' The Green
As I write this it is St Patrick's Day. It is a true holiday in the Irish family I was lucky enough to marry into. My beautiful children and grandchildren have inherited the very best traits attributed to the Irish race.
It seems fitting that as I was out driving today I noticed the first signs of greenery. They are only signs but the real thing will thing is sure to follow.
I have been noticing for a while the color difference. As I lay in bed in the mornings I look out my window. During the winter the trees go into a deep sleep. Even the evergreens become dull and a gray-green color.
Now all the trees a perking up. The evergreens are becoming green again. The browns of the other trees are somehow more vibrant. It seems that they are waking slowly. Soon they will have the buds that will turn into those tender pastel green leaf babies that will grow into various shades of glorious green.
Soon grass and other ground plants will begin to push up through the brown soil to lay a carpet of green over the earth.
As a matter of fact that was what I saw today. Many fields are being worked already. The farmers are busy filling them with fertilizer so that when it is time to plant soon the field will be ready to nourish the seeds.
But in areas where the ground has not been worked I saw hints of green. I did not see actual vegetation. No. All I saw was the hint. If I looked directly at the illusive green all that was there was brown. But indirectly there was that hint.
Soon everything will be green and alive. I was surprised at the spark of life I felt. Usually I prefer autumn. But I came home with a feeling of renewal and joy today. The earth is coming alive.
The holiday of my family is the perfect day for this sense of newness. The world is celebrating too.