“The seasons are what a symphony ought to be: four perfect movements in harmony with each other.”
Two words: March eighth. Two more words: Seventy degrees. And two more: Absolutely beautiful. The normal high temperature for this time of year hovers somewhere around the fifty degree mark, so when our meteorologists mentioned that today would be a preview of warmer weather to come – and, of course, bring with it a happy, carefree, inspiring touch of spring fever – I knew there was no option but to get outside and soak it in. Soak in the sun, soak in the warmth, soak in the zip of adrenaline that this season of renewal and rejuvenation brings for so many people.
But first, it was (finally!) time to give that same sense of promise back to my main character. After two weeks’ worth of scenes that have been so emotionally draining and very difficult to write, words cannot begin to express the joy I felt at being able to instill a spark of hope back in her life. To be sure, she still has a long way to go. Her family has a long way to go. They have wounds to heal, strength to find, tragedy to turn into triumph. That doesn’t happen overnight, or even in a few weeks. For Sofie and company, it’ll take a long time. But today the tide began to turn. The waves of torment began to recede. The crest of faith, of love, of healing from the hurt, it began to rise up. The darkness began to be broken by rays of light. And writing it? Getting to bring my characters out of their heartache a little, giving them a getaway that helped them just breathe … it was a gift. It was also something else: a reminder that putting them through so much was worth it. For as trying as it was and will continue to be in the future, for as much as I wish I could make it all better for them, they need to do that for themselves. I’m having such a blast watching it start to happen now.
And, after 1834 words were written today, I also had a blast enjoying Mother’s Nature beauty.
Sunny cerulean skies + a bench under a tree’s canopy + MOCKINGJAY = <3
So pretty – can’t wait until the flowers bloom!
I heart cutesy bookstores.
Add in a fudge brownie/twist custard gelati from Rita’s Water Ice (thanks for the idea, Hope!) and you have a recipe for a lovely day. How about y’all? What’s your favorite way to spend a day that bursts with the promise of spring? And, because two days of research and writing about Washington DC’s Cherry Blossom Festival has me yearning to see it in person – who wants to go with me? I’ll be your best friend forever … ;-)