A New Day – 36 – The Light Ahead
As she walked along the path banks of snow walling her in she was warmed and intimidated by the bright light ahead of her. It was blinding, but it was a signal, a sign that spring is surely on the horizon. Bundled in scarf and coat, and gloves and boots the days of the sun seemed mythological. Everyone around her, everyone she knows longs for their return. And yet, looking around she almost feared it.
A winding path of pavers to their front door, long since covered by bricks of snow and ice, stuck out and appealed to her senses. Across the street, their front door enveloped by ornamental grasses and shrubs that surely impress in their own time reminded her of the long list of plans she has for her own yard. Oh the work that lay ahead almost makes the two, three feet of snow welcoming. The sun was like a spotlight during rehearsal. She went through all the steps and tasks that would be undertaken, that had to be done in the nearing future. She even fumbled over her feet in her dreams and mind. The patio must make the place look like a little backyard paradise, a place for entertaining. Take those extra pavers along the edge of the landscaping along the fence, stain the fence, finish staining the deck. One step, two step, left, right, hop once to the front then twice to the back. Will the Irises come back, or did the arctic vortex kill them once and for all? The double bench arbor will need to be built and put in place after the landscaping bricks are moved and built into the water feature; then surely it will need to be painted and treated to some degree. Never mind plantings, oh there will be plenty to plant.
Her heart skipped around in her chest like a frog trying to get out of a net. But for now, she’ll accept being buried under the piles of bitter cold days. She had much to prepare for, the show was on once the heat rolled in on its wave-like the tide. It was like a beacon guiding her way, the light of summer stardom. For now she’s almost joyfully content with the little impostors that are lampposts.