Friday, March 18, 2011

On Waiting for Spring

The trees in our backyard: photo by my Firstborn.

On waiting....

On waiting for spring. In the dark, dreary, gray-clouded season of winter, I have been waiting for spring. At first winter is glorious, some snow. A chance to hunker down early for the night. To expect less of myself.

But then, one day there is a bright, sunshiny day in the midst of winter, reminding me that spring will come again. I look forward to it. It gets gray again. Then, I want spring. The next nice spring-like day comes again. And I rejoice in it. I revel in it. I'm so glad that it is here.

"Spring is here," I announce to myself. Then, it is gray and dreary again for it is only February. And remember the groundhog? He himself declared 6 more weeks of winter. I settle in and stop wishing for spring.

It is too hard to endure the gray & dreary days of February as I long for bright sunshine filled days of spring. Warm days with no coat. Warm days with no bugs in it yet. But it is too hard so I resolve not to think about spring anymore.

Then somewhere down deep in my heart, I find I have stopped waiting for spring. I stopped hoping.

And then, my five-year-old bursts through the door shouting, "Mommy, mommy." I think someone has been hurt. But no he is just running to bring me the first dandelion of spring. "Mommy this is for you." He says with his bright-grin.

The azaleas from our front yard last spring: photo by Kathleen.

And I am surprised. How can it be spring? How can something be growing? In the waiting, I failed to keep hoping. And now I am surprised by spring. Can it be here already? How can there be buds on the trees and daffodils in the ditches? It crept up unawares when I stopped waiting.

What are you waiting for? Or have you stopped waiting


Today's post was inspired by Gypsy Mama's Five Minute on Friday writing prompt: On waiting. I found her blog through the Fan the Flame blog.

I decided to dive in and try this. And, actually, I was kind of surprised at the five minutes of writing that I did. After my five minutes of writing, I did edit two spelling words and add some quotation marks. But otherwise, this is what I came up with in five minutes of writing on this Friday, March 18 for the prompt: On waiting.

(From the Gypsy Mama's blog: This is the place where once a week we take the chance to just write, and not worry if it’s just right or not.

For five minutes flat.

Here’s how the game works: you simply stop, drop and write. Set your words free. Don’t edit them, don’t fret over them, don’t try to make them perfect.).

Join us over HERE and perhaps you'll be surprised with what you can do in five minutes, too.


  1. Haha- I love that you specified that you did edit some spelling and quotation marks. :-) I do the same thing! Can't help it. :-) Thanks for stopping by my site and leaving a comment! I always love the feedback.

  2. I LOVE THIS KATHLEEN! You did amazing for just 5 minutes! I am so excited you 'jumped in' has been a really fun prompt I look forward to...and so glad you found it through Fan the Flame:) and thanks for mentioning that:) Bless you! and nice to 'meet' you...Abby:)

  3. Thank you for your comment on my blog.

    Your post made me think "a watched pot never boils"....when we least expect it, it happens.

  4. Oh, Kathleen, you did superb! What a great entry! I'm afraid that it often seems that I'm always waiting on something. I think that's our human nature. And, I often quit hoping too. Thanks for inspiring my soul this morning. And, thanks for stopping by. Blessings for a beautiful weekend!


Thanks for being part of the conversation...I love hearing from you. Kathleen

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