Monday, January 31, 2011

lighter and sweeter

I am slightly conflicted as I think about the ending of this month. I'm always glad to see January go. And I'm aware, perhaps for the first time, that this winter's passage means my kids will be a year older next winter. I will be a year older. Time does not flow on indefinitely.

I'm feeling good at this point in time. I've been productive at home; I've settled into a satisfying domestic groove. Lots of organizing and making things better. Making myself better.

Reading Charlotte's Web over the weekend with the kids I found a particular truth in the passage below. I'm coming to think that winter's spiritual intention involves quiet waiting.

"What do people catch in the Queensborough Bridge - bugs?" asked Wilbur. "No," said Charlotte. "They don't catch anything. They just keep trotting back and forth across the bridge thinking there is something better on the other side. If they'd hang head-down at the top of the thing and wait quietly, maybe something good would come along. But no - with men it's rush, rush, rush, every minute. I'm glad I'm a sedentary spider." - Charlotte's Web, E.B. White.

I am appreciating the ever lengthening days, the first of the buds. My friend Valerie today wished me a happy February, lighter and sweeter days. I do welcome them. xo


Purple Flowers said...

Lovely post. I like the thought "winter's spiritual intention involves quiet waiting"
very profound.

Sammi said...

Happy February Lecia

Valerie said...

there's some wisdom to catch in Charlotte's web, I agree !

and yes, wishing you more light & much love in this new month xo thank you for the wink :)

Shelley said...

Wonderful! Thanks for sharing that thought. Always happy to know I'm not the only one who finds wisdom in writings for children. :)

Happy February. xo

Francesca said...

What a nice quote, and what a nice feeling it must be to end the month like that. I should become more like the sedentary spider.

KPiep said...

I've been acutely aware of the passage of time lately myself. In fact, it feels like I've lost a year....and that has left me feeling rather perplexed and frustrated. I also am feeling my age for the very first in where on earth did the time go and what do I have to show for it? All of this quite natural, I"m sure.