Happy Spring

IMG_3361This little screech owl lives in our back yard some of the year.  On the first days of spring he looks like this because he is trying to get out into the sun as much as possible without giving up the comfort of the warm room behind him.  So it was when we went for a drive in the sun on Sunday.  Folks out in the garages and on their porches acting just like this owl.

Children getting on buses this afternoon were stashing jackets in their bags and there wasn’t a mitten in sight.  Getting off those buses it was important for drivers to wait a few more seconds because small feet were exploring puddles.

When I walked across a parking lot full of melting snow and mud today I thought of the wonderful days of spring in the school yard when we built elaborate systems of rivers dams and lakes with the melting snow that ran down the slope from the ball diamonds toward the monkey bars.  Endless hours of fun and the gentle, musty smell of wet dirt in our nostrils.

A red wing blackbird and a flock of starlings shooed all the pretty winter birds away from the feeder today.  Someone posted pictures of swans and I can hardly wait to hear their haunting call in the night.  I looked in the garden to see if there was any sign of snowdrops peeking up through the white mounds.

Yes we will likely get more snow but the spell that winter cast over the earth for what seemed like an eternity this year has been broken.

Happy Spring!


About Peggy Guiler

You just never know what show up on my blog. As the name implies it is about the stuff of life just like Spilt Milk. Everyday events spark thought and contemplation. Special events in the community, the country or the world may strike a cord and get me talking. Sometimes it's about people in my life or circumstances, sometimes about my garden, sometimes about a book or a political issue. Always it's about something I am passionate about. In my business, River of Hope Enterprises (www.riverofhopeenterprises.com), I work as an "Certified Coach" (International Coach Federation), a trainer, consultant and speaker. and as a spiritual director. I also drive a school bus to keep the wolf from the door while I build my business. I love the kids on the bus (most of the time). My family is grown and I have three grandkids who thrill my heart but I don't get to see any of them very often. Circumstances of life have made "family" difficult. My son died by suicide at age 16 in 2000 and the strain on our family relationships since has been huge. Mental health is a field where I worked for almost 22 years and where I still do some consulting and training. That combined with my own battle with depression and my son's death weave together to form some of my greatest soap box items: suicide intervention, suicide bereavement and peer support in mental health are right on the top of my list. Social justice is an underlying passion. Keeping the wolf from the door as a single parent was full-time work and my career path as a journalists was augmented with cleaning contracts, cooking, retail clerk, and bartending. I have known hard work and am grateful for the experience and perspective it has given me. A firmly grounded faith and a passion for learning has now taken me toward a new field as a Spiritual Director and I am soon adding to that a license to marry people. As I move toward retirement I am very aware that I have to keep working so I chose to do things which will meet my modest financial needs and also my love of supporting people in their life journey. Woven into all of this is my love of writing. Trained as a Journalist, and having worked in the field as a freelance news writer for many years, I have a great love for writing. This blog is a new beginning for me. As I hone my skills and begin to form a daily discipline of writing I hope it will lead to more writing in the future.
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