I woke up early today, well before 6 AM.
Daylight, well past the horizon, slipping between the bedroom curtain crack; quite a difference from just a few months before.
At this time of day, in February, when I walk out to grab my papers off the lawn, cold stars dot the morning sky, resolute and weary from their long vigil, preparing to close up shop for another daytime of rest.
A quiet, crisp, restful February morning.
The day, slow to start in darkness…quick to end in same.
Now, an arc of gold bends around a backyard swing set and spreads across the sparkling lawn; green sprouts, fresh and newly alive, enriched by morning’s dew.
The days are eager to begin, right now, and through the coming months ahead; the hours and evenings, easily filled.
The morning air is cool; the sun rises; warmth, not far behind.
All... unwinds before us, inviting us to grab hold.
All…declared before us, in the promise of a spring morning.