Can you feel my landscaping pain?
This was the winter to end all winters. It was cold and then it would warm slightly and then plunge us into cold again.
And then it would snow and sleet and with heavy rains day after day.
Week after week.
And all the plants and shrubs and trees sat in that wet, wet soil.
And now they look like this.
Hollys that have stood for 25 years reduced to a pile of twigs.
Nandinas without a leaf.
My sweet, wonderful magnolia tree with dark, shriveled leaves and withered branches.
Boxwoods taller than me without a single new growth.
We called a local gardening expert to assess the damage.
He walked around the property and picked and prodded and checked the roots and snapped a few branches. And I should have known the news wouldn’t be good when he approached us shaking his head. He sighed and shrugged and said the word that made my heart plummet.
Almost every large, over-sized bush.
Years and years and years those shrubs and plants and trees have stood.
Wiped out with a single winter.
I could have sobbed.
And shook my fist at the skies and the weather.
And I did for a moment.
And then the sunshine came.
It shone into every nook and cranny and filled the house with light and laughter and joy.
It danced across my back porch and the old antique floors in the living room and poured into the kitchen through the shutters.
Light and life everywhere I looked.
And it brought with it green grass in the back meadow.
And beautiful, wonderful oak leaves creating dancing shadows across the grass.
I stood on the back porch yesterday as the sunshine wrapped itself around the farmhouse and warmed my face and my heart.
And I realized that into every life a few withered leaves must fall. Life isn’t easy.
The bends and turns in the road are full of highs and lows like we never imagined. The days can get frustrating and overwhelming and lonely. It’s so easy to focus on what we don’t have or didn’t accomplish or what mountain we must climb and forget about what we have or the amazing things we have accomplished or the steps in the journey we have already taken.
And so today I’m turning my face to embrace the warmth.
Today I’m eating my eggs sunny side up.
Today I’m letting today be enough.
Today I choose sunshine. 🙂
PS Look what I found on one of the hollys this morning.
I’m “leafing” the rest to the sun. 🙂