it seems early this year. it's only the 3rd of april but the grass is growing and things are sprouting up. i cleaned out the beds and laid new mulch. i planted a rosemary bush to replace last years. all the other herbs have wintered over: chives (which made their debut two weeks ago!), sage, thyme, oregano and lemon balm. the daylilies are about six inches out of the ground. the lilac, redcurrant and gooseberry bushes are full of buds. the maple up front is loaded with reddish brown leaftips. the rhubarb is roaring back and should be ready for some cutting next week. i even have some tiny lettuces poking their heads up. more lettuce seeds will go in this week and there will be salads soon enough.

it's amazing after the brutal cold and deep snows we had that all this life is just bursting forth. it is energizing to me. if little tiny plants can thrive after a winter such as this, should i not also be so lucky? i feel the kernel of something growing inside. it may take more than one season to bear fruit. it may require many cycles of the sun and rain and snow and rebirth. it has taken hold...of that i am certain. it is not a "new me." it's just a part of the original me that has been waiting for this moment.
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