The weather is supposed to reach 75 degrees (24C) by Thursday, the next time we go hiking. It's really springtime here, with a day or two of rain and then a day or two of sunshine. The last two Thursdays have been on the wet side, with the need for rain gear and trudging in puddles and mud. So I'll be happy to have what's coming up this week for a change.
But for now, it's Sunday morning. I actually slept in a little longer than I usually do. I woke in the middle of the night for awhile, thinking that it was time to get up. When I realized it was only 3:00am, I thought, well, I'll lie here for a bit and if I don't go back to sleep, I'll get up. Before I knew it, I woke to the daylight streaming through the window. It was almost 6:00am. I know that doesn't sound like sleeping in to most people, but I wake at 5:00am without trying. It just happens, since I've been doing it for so many decades. It's my normal waking hour.
The weather hasn't been wonderful on the weekends, either. I've been watching to see when I might be able to get down to Skydive Snohomish for a few jumps with my friends, but it's not been sunny and warm enough to make the trip. I'm sure if I were really anxious to make a skydive, I'd go anyway and sit around and hope for the weather to cooperate, but I'm not feeling that way. In fact, now that I've made the decision to have this be my last season, I'm spending my time doing other things and not missing the activity. I miss visiting with my skydiving friends, though.
I just realized that I don't have any upcoming travel, no visits with family scheduled, no trips to go skydiving, and no plans for even a trip across the border to Canada. That is rather unusual, and unexpected. Maybe I should talk with my friend Judy about remedying that situation, except that she's in the opposite mode: she just returned from a trip to southern California and is getting ready for another long trip to visit family in Arkansas. Smart Guy is just now recovering from a bad cold (which I seem to have avoided catching) and is not anxious to make any plans. I'm in need of another traveling companion, it seems.
Or maybe I'll just putter in the garden and plant flowers, read some good books, and enjoy the lengthening daylight. Or not. I am reminded of a line from an Emily Dickinson poem, and I think it says it all:
A little Madness in the SpringI'm looking for a little Madness to clean out the dusty corridors of my brain, a little spring cleaning, if you will. I've certainly been treated to some Experiments of Green lately. The rain in these parts has helped to create an incredible variety of fifty shades of green, at least. And I do want to remember that I didn't have anything to do with it and give thanks to the Invisible Hand that did. I don't proselytize and don't appreciate others who do, who try to change what I believe to what they believe. We've all got the right to our belief, or lack of it, but every now and then I realize how deeply my own love of what I call God reaches into every fiber of my being.
Is wholesome even for the King,
But God be with the Clown –
Who ponders this tremendous scene –
This whole Experiment of Green –
As if it were his own!
There, I said it. It feels a little Mad, to have expressed it right here in print. The rain is drumming on the roof right now, I can hear it, but the sun is also shining. That means there will be rainbows, right? I'm feeling a little Spring Madness and maybe I will just finish up, get dressed and go outside to play. Do you remember when your mother admonished you to just "go outside and play"? Why, it's been forever since I've thought about doing just that. And maybe that's why I need a companion: when I was growing up it was always me and my sister who went outside to play. I need more sister substitutes, it seems. Or maybe I'll just take ahold of that Invisible Hand.
Enough rambling. I'm feeling the need to finish up and get some breakfast. But first, I do want to wish my readers a super wonderful spring (or fall, if you're Down Under) week ahead. For whatever reason, right this minute I'm filled with gratitude for the life I have been given, and for the wonderful companions I share it with. That includes YOU. May many rainbows be in your future.