The shortest day of the year which is also the first day of winter was duly noted that Friday, December 21st. I dreaded the cold days ahead as I thought about how early it gets dark. I really hate checking the clock to see if it’s bedtime just to realize it is only 7:15pm.
My mom-in-law Nina asked that morning, “Do you know what day it is?”
“Yep, the first day of winter,” I replied, hoping I had impressed her with my calendar awareness.
“You know what that means don’t you?” she asked. I had a feeling my answer and hers were not the same.
Cheerfully she went on. “That means spring is just around the corner! From here on out, daytime will last longer because the shortest day of the year has passed! Now it will start getting darker later and later.”
Suddenly I went from the first day of winter to just around the corner from spring.
This great news came from a woman who had been sick since last spring and who must use a cane as she hobbles toward eighty-seven. For the first time in her life her activities are limited.
But according to her… spring is just around the corner.
I think I need a seed catalog.