While life for me has been holding steady, 2010 hasn’t exactly started out so well for the world at large. The loss and devastation in Haiti alone is enough to derail a year that has only just got its feet under it. Horrible, traumatizing, my heart is with the people trying to rebuild their lives. I am just one of millions: watching, mourning and utterly helpless.
And our country, well. The current politics, the unyielding process, the hold ups, the party issues on both sides… yeah, to say I am feeling a little disillusioned right now would be an understatement. Bleh.
So, as I go about my day and see my neighborhood – usually hearty with large palm leaves and sprawling green lawns – now brown and dead after those weeks of frost… Well. It certainly seems to fit.
The other day I was checking over my fave hibiscus plant. No matter how much I had it wrapped, it had not done well in that freeze. And that was no surprise either. Freezes in Florida kill plants. Forever. It’s a crap shoot what struggles back. And as I checked over my plant, I saw no bright blooms, no green left anywhere, just bare branches with a few remaining withered leaves holding on until the next stiff breeze . *Sigh*
Yesterday I happened to hear two fabulous bits of news that just might help 2010 regain a little footing. At least from where I stand. The news was about babies. One had been born and one has recently been made (no, certainly not mine – but its not my news to share so I’ll leave it at that). And that made me think back about my dearest friend who just had her beautiful baby on Christmas Eve. And another friend who had a horrid life-altering 2009 – but is finding joy from weeks of life beating inside also.
Life comes back.
And yesterday I also happened to look at my hibiscus again. Something caught my eye. A tiny small bit of green. New green. Only an inch in diameter, just arrived, waving at the world.
Well look at that. Perhaps Florida’s spring has arrived? Life indeed comes back.