Sunday, March 1, 2009

Almost Spring

Today, I took a walk in my neighborhood, looking for tiny light green leaves emerging from tree branches. This is one of the most exciting sights of this time of year.

These little green leaves are heralds of hope. Every cold, rainy day of winter, every gray cloud of melancholy, every season-related calculation -- winter's one-third over, only one month more, this is the month that spring begins -- they are all worth it to see the glorious sight of the green.

And the pink:

I found these white and yellow flowers at an apartment building:

California is a state of many troubles, and I know Two Dogs and I can pay less for housing in other states, but would I be able to find such flowering in another state on March 1st? Would I be able to walk under sunshine that warms me to 80 degrees Fahrenheit?

Speaking of flowers, this is a photo I took a few weeks ago of a gathering of pansies:

The pansy is a symbol of freethought, according to Wikipedia:

The pansy is the long-established and enduring symbol of freethought; its usage inaugurated in the literature of the American Secular Union in the late 1800s. The reasoning behind the pansy being the symbol of freethought lies in both the flower's name and appearance. The pansy derives its name from the French word pensée, which means "thought"; it was so named because the flower resembles a human face, and in the month of August it nods forward as if deep in thought.

Look at these pansies. They do have the "faces" of serious, pensive thinkers, don't they?

Spring will officially begin in about three weeks. But most of you will start seeing the signs now or soon, in the melting snow, the chirping birds, the spots of color rising from the earth and the trees. Cherish this time of year. Don't let it pass by without noticing.

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