A Day Like Today.

Lovely pink flowers growing outside my house.

“Dream as if you’ll live forever.  Live as if you’ll die today.”  ~  James Dean.

Nature does so many peculiar things.

While I love and appreciate the beauty that is the world around me, I maintain there are three kinds of days.  There are perfect days, “day” days, and not-so-days.  Today is not a perfect day.  The wind is stagnant and warm.  It sits on the ground, lying on its lazy belly, yawning under the sun.  Clouds half-heartedly shake tiny teardrops over the land and the plant drink up the gifts of the sky before reclining back into the ground, curling up together and napping.

It’s that kind of August-afternoon-sitting-on-my-porch-thinking-about-the-world-but-not-too-hard kind of day.  When the bumblebees busy themselves in he flowers and families sit out in lawn chair, sipping sweet lemonade.  Only, the flowers have hardly woken and the bumblebees haven’t left their hives yet.

You can tell the world is changing when in the month of April, you see snow and relentless, hot sunshine.  Ranging from the coldest of colds to the warmest of warms, I’m worried that some parts of the world will hibernate all summer for fear of being nipped by Jack Frost.  This late in the month, the flowers should be stretching their petals and smiling up at the stunning azure sky.  But they aren’t, not yet.

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"You know, I don't know if you'll understand this or not, but sometimes, even when I'm feeling very low, I'll see some little thing that will somehow renew my faith. Something like that leaf, for instance - clinging to its tree despite wind and storm. You know, that makes me think that courage and tenacity are about the greatest values a man can have. Suddenly my old confidence is back and I know things aren't half as bad as I make them out to be. Suddenly I know that with the strength of his convictions a man can move mountains, and I can proceed with full confidence in the basic goodness of my fellow man. I know that now. I know it." ~ End of Act I in the musical You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown.

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