Buttercups always mean Spring! What a beautiful way to say good-bye to Winter. And, I didn’t even have to trudge through snow to pick them this year.
We’re having thunderstorms today. The sky looks pretty black. But there is something beautiful about a Spring storm. The dark clouds are a perfect back drop for all the bright Spring colors. I love a good thunderstorm, but hate the thoughts of another tornado warning.
Back in the hollow, we were always respectful of the damage a tornado could do to your home. I can remember driving through central Illinois and seeing whole subdivisions flattened. In a time when the early warning system was still new, we always prepared to head to our cellar if the storm got too bad. I always had my crayon box packed and ready. It was really an old cigar box filled with broken crayons and little treasures, but I carried it with me everywhere. I guess I felt if the house blew away, I could start over with my box of crayons. Thankfully that never happened.
Years later a friend gave me a birthday card with a box of crayons on the front. Inside, the words invited me to open a new box of crayons for a whole new year and to color only happy days. On this dark Spring day, that’s my wish for all of us. Let’s color some happy days!