It’s true I’m the kind of person who can treasure a gift’s wrapping as much as the gift itself, and this bit of wrapping paper pictured above is proof. I have no remembrance of what was once wrapped in it, and yet every time I come across this bit it make me smile in delight.
And it seems a perfect time to give you a peek at it too, since today I’m celebrating Robins. Yes, the first robin has been spotted in my neighborhood, on my front lawn no less. Therefore I’m able to officially declare it is Spring. Whew and hooray! II was really beginning to wonder if I was trapped in some modern day re-working of the Persephone/Demeter tale, and that perhaps Spring simply wasn’t going to happen this year. We still need to get the flowers on board, but we’re headed in the right direction. And while daresay I know it’s reckless, I’m in such an uplifted mood I’m now putting the snow shovels away.
When Spring returns, the earth becomes like a child who recites poetry. ~Rainer Maria Rilke
Just to add to the festive mood, I think we should have a song, no? How about Al Jolson singing Red Red Robin, which made it to the top of the Billboard charts in 1926. It makes me laugh thinking I’ve got an 88-year-old song stuck in my head. But then again it seems pretty appropriate after all. Who can resist the admonishment to Live, love, laugh and be happy!
What’s making you happy today? Spotted any robins where you’re at? What harbingers of Spring are your favorites? Do tell, you know I love to hear.