Thursday, December 13, 2007

Winter's Icy Kiss

Beginning in the soft light of day Winter arrived swiftly covering everything with a quilt of snow. Once the Sun drifted off to sleep Winter delivered its icy kiss under the cloak darkness with the passion and devastating emotion of a lover out of control. As rain began to fall, the tiny droplets turned quickly into ice encasing each blade of grass, leaf and tree branch. With the wind whistling a song of chilling notes the air was brisk and chilling.

Snuggling under the warmth of my quilts I fell to sleep to the musical sound of the wind. I dreamed of the wintery days I enjoyed as a child....building snowmen and sledding with my friends. Laughing and tasting the soft cool snowflakes upon my lips as I played outside for hours on end.

When I awoke I lay silently remembering a day this time of year from long ago. It was the winter of 1962 when I had my first date with my husband. Our first date was sledding down the big hill close to his home. It was cold and blowing much like today. We had so much fun and being young we never gave one thought to the cold.

When I rose and I entered my kitchen I gazed out the window and smiled as I watched the tiny birds enjoying the seeds in the feeders we had filled for them the night before. Their happy chirps were filling the air as if they were thanking us for thinking of them. "My tiny darlings, it is us who are thanking you..... for the joy you bring as we watch you scamper and fly about."

As I look to the pasture I see my wonderful strong oak standing tall covered in an icy glaze. The ice sparkles like diamonds as the sun shines upon its mighty limbs. I am grateful for the strength of the oak, saying prayers of thanks that all the limbs were left undamaged from the weight Winter's kiss.

The small redbud tree sparkles like a beautiful crystal candle holder at the top of our hill. My husband planted this for me so I could enjoy its deep pink color in the spring. Now in the winter it stands silently capturing my heart with the sheer loveliness left by Winter's kiss.

My precious garden fairy sets alseep upon her stone that my husband and sons placed in the garden. She reflects the purity of the softness from the snow that has fallen upon her book and ice of Winter's kiss. It is as though she awaits the warmth of Spring that will once again bring to life the lovely botanicals surrounding her.

As the day drew to an end I stood at my kitchen window marveling at the Winter Wonderland I was enjoying. Gazing upward to the top of the ash in garden I was amazed at what I saw. There at the top of the tree was a bird nest left from spring and summer. I couldn't believe my eyes the nest formed the shape of a STAR!

It touched me deeply as I could see that even the smallest of creatures was giving thanks for the Greatest Gift! Tears began to well in my eyes! What an AWESOME message it gave without speaking a single word!

YES, MY FRIENDS, It IS the Season of LOVE and GIVING!!



Maija said...

Thank you for the beautiful, heartfelt post! You memories brought tears to my eyes - so wonderful!
oxox Maija

Dianne said...

These photos are soooo beautiful, and so totally different to the weather we are having here.
Merry Christmas to you Marylin, and best wishes for a happy and creative New Year.

Lori S-C said...

Beautiful, lovely post!
Happy Holidays to you....