Sunday, August 21, 2011


I've been wearing my coat 24/7 for the past three months. Indoors, outdoors, you name it. South African winters - while short - are cold for the simple fact that homes are not heated like they are in many other countries. Whatever temperature it is outside, it is inside. My nose is perpetually cold. My fingers are always icy. I wear a hat inside to retain body heat.

Today, in my garden, I found a sunflower. It was straggly and small, but it was blooming. In winter. In my garden. And hope rises once again; spring is coming.

1 comment:

Elisabeth said...

Such an allegory. The winter seems so intense-even if for a short period of time. The cold bites. It gets almost unbearable at times. You long for and begin to look for just a ray of warmth or sunshine. You NEED it. You're dying without it. And spot one lone beautiful sunflower popping it's head out in the cold. And suddenly, a new hope arises and everything becomes more bearable.

I love it. I needed this today. Good timing!!!