Winter in the Chicago area has admittedly been more tolerable this winter due to the moderate temperatures and lack of snow. (Hope I didn’t just jinx it for everyone) According to some weather related headlines, “Chicago’s Cloudy Streak is Longest in 25 Years.” Talk of SADs (Seasonal Affective Disorder), light therapy, and Vitamin D supplements are topics of conversation around the water cooler. Everyone is feeling…blah, for lack of a better word.
During the one of the unseasonable ‘over 60°days,’I took a stroll around my yard and found a lot of brown stuff. (See first picture) Myriad shades of brown—monochromatic lifelessness everywhere and here we are rounding the first days of spring.
But, in the Midwest, even when nature’s canvas is monotonous, there is always the possibility for a glorious unfolding of beautiful, magnificent new life. For under the tattered, brown leaves leftover from fall, pasted to the ground during multiple rains, a new picture will emerge eventually.
So, I check on the 60 tulip bulbs I bought in Holland, Michigan during the Tulip Festival. I planted them at the last minute in the first week of November. And there they were, already popping out! (See second picture)
Maybe beauty is taken from us, so when it reappears, we will recognize it for what it is and be encouraged and empowered by it. From a lifeless background to a glorious unfolding.
Keep your eyes wide open. You don’t want to miss it.
Annalisa Russo is a published author and master storyteller based in Chicago, IL. Currently writing with The Wild Rose Press, she has just released her fifth novel: Angel Boy. You can read more about it and the author at annalisarusso.com. Follow Annalisa Russo on Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads.