I have read that inside each one of us is an “inner child”. I can tell you that there is a little girl inside of me. She emerges on the first warm day of the year. She waits for the first strawberries, first flowers, first baby birds, first rainbow, longer days of summer, and the most important event of all, the first day that she can get in the pool. The first day that the weather is warm enough to swim, is an event and my little girl inside dances on this day! She walks outside barefoot and feels the grass underneath her feet, holds her head back to feel the warm sunshine on her face spreads out her arms and twirls around until she falls on the soft grass, giggling the entire time. She gets up and runs and jumps into the cool water. Summer has arrived.
That hasn’t happened yet. My inner girl however, has noticed the warmer days that we have had. She walks outside and feels the warmth from the sun. She hears the birds singing and the animals in the yard seem to beg her to stop and play for awhile. Ruby calls from her pen and it is as if she is saying “come and play, we can romp around and you can scratch me between my horns”. Gus the goose calls as well as the chickens and other animals. The soil is still cool and the wind reminds her that it isn’t time to take your shoes off yet.
The long bitter cold days of winter found her sitting beside the window dreaming. She dreamed the dreams of warm days on the porch swinging, breezes that cool warm skin and vegetables and fruits fresh from the garden. Those dreams will slowly become a reality.
We have been teased by a very few days that were warm enough to open doors and allow fresh air to move through our homes. There are more birds outside and the Hope Flowers returned. Warm weather can’t be far away. The hope that winter will not last forever is becoming a reality.
My “inner child” is delighted to see the changes happening. She knows what warmer weather will bring. Her eyes dance as she thinks about it. The temptation is too much and she slips her feet out of her shoes, feeling the cool ground beneath her feet. Spring is almost here meaning that summer can’t be far behind.