Sunday, February 18, 2018

Happiness is Blooming!

It has been a rough winter here in north Georgia. We've had extended stretches of severe cold and rain, punctuated by a heavy, 12 inch snowfall that took down trees all over the place, particularly west and northwest of Atlanta. That snowfall was weeks ago but winter's grip persisted. The past several weeks have been mostly cold, rainy and miserable.

Whether they're called jonquils or daffodils, their yellow blooms offer hope to the winter weary.

 So I've looked forward to Spring's arrival even more anxiously than usual this year. Driving to an appointment early last week I saw a cluster of yellow jonquils blooming next to someone's driveway. Instantly my spirits lifted. The first sign of Spring!!! Then on Friday, I noticed the tiniest flash of yellow in the forsythia bush growing next to where we park the cars. Two bright yellow buds were beginning to unfurl! I felt like dancing for joy!

It had not occurred to me before, but perhaps this is why the color yellow is so often associated with happiness. It's the color of blooms heralding the return of warm weather and the end of winter's gloom. In a myriad of shades, yellow signals relief from the grey that has prevailed for weeks. No wonder it represents cheerfulness, happiness and optimism. It's the color most closely associated with the sun. So yay for the color yellow!! Welcome, Spring!!!

©2018 Lynn Edwards

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"The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience." -- Emily Dickinson

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