This is true, the days are getting longer (in the Northern Hemisphere), and isn't that a reason for rejoicing?
Then I think, "The third week in January is historically the coldest week of the year where I live. The trend is warmer from here on out."
More cause for rejoicing!
And then the real reason occurs to me--why is this an a-ha! every year?
My daughter was born in early February twenty-some years ago, and a quarter of a century later, she's still my pride and joy, my greatest gift, and my most wondrous treasure. What parent wouldn't look forward to celebrating the occasion of a child's arrival?
The calendar is like a landscape to me, though some of its features are buried. Later in February, I'll call my mom, because her mom also had a February birthday. On Grandma's birthday, I know Mom will be thinking of her. Thirty years from now, I'll likely still be thinking of my Grandma on her birthday.
In the day job, the anniversaries can be more subtle, and not as sweet. Foster parents will report that the kid who's been a perfect angel since arriving to their home nearly a year ago is showing signs of disrupting the placement.
"We're coming up on anniversary of the child's removal from home," I point out.
Fortunately, the calendar lays flowers in our paths more often than potholes. In just a few weeks, I'll be listening for the peepers to sing their little tree-froggie love songs, and any time now--any time!--I could spot a crocus by the mailbox.
This week, I'm celebrating the launch of my third Scottish Victorian, The MacGregor's Lady. My characters have to overcome potholes the width and depth of the North Atlantic ocean, and how they manage that was great fun to write.
For an except or to order a copy, here's the link.
And because I am having such a lovely week, and I have so many reasons to rejoice, I'm giving away an iPad to one commenter below, who can tell me about some of the flowers strewn over their calendar this time of year. Today's post is part of a two-week long blog tour in celebration of The MacGregor's Lady, and we're giving away an iPad, or the e-reader of the winner's choice, at each stop. For the rest of the tour itinerary, click here.
(PS: As I write this, the snow is pouring down. If I'm not responding to comments, assume I'm shoveling out my truck, and hoping the power comes back on.)