the earth laughs in flowers.

There isn’t much to say other than the world is hurting right now. Everything has been turned upside down and it feels like we’re living in a fog.

Whenever I have felt uncertainty or uneasiness, I turn to reading. My mind feels relief as I read and escape to some other reality. Don’t get me wrong, I watch tv and play videos games to escape as well, but reading has always been there for me.

Lately, finding the concentration to get through even a chapter of a book has been difficult. My mind is focused on the latest breaking news, which feels like it is updating every five minutes. I’m too worried about the people I love and how I want them to stay safe and healthy.

I decided to give myself a break that I’m not reading as much as I could during this time of isolation. If I read a whole book in one day… great! If I don’t touch a book for a week? Great! This time of distancing ourselves shouldn’t be about putting pressure on ourselves to do more. Do less. Or what makes you happy. Within the safety precautions obviously.

I guess what I’m trying to say in this word vomit is that there is no right way to handle this? It’s a very very weird and scary time. We are all trying our best to get through it. Everybody copes differently.

I know I am so so very lucky to be able to work from home, trust me I recognize that privilege. My goal is to give back to people as best as I can right now. Getting delivery from local restaurants, purchasing books from independent bookshops, buying gift cards from place for down the road. All of these things add up to keep places afloat. Please consider doing these things as well.

My heart goes out to everyone that has lost a loved one, a job, or sense of security. I cannot imagine and I hope I don’t have to. Just know that we are all in this together, even in this isolation.

Anyways, I wanted to give you all some beautiful quotes I found on the topics of spring. They brought me some joy during this tense time. I hope you find some joy in these too.

Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature-the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.

Rachel Carson

In March the earth remembers its own name. Everywhere the plates of snow are crackling. The rivers begin to sing. In the sky the winter stars are sliding away; new stars appear as, later, small blades of grain will shine in the dark fields. And the name of every place is joyful.

Mary Oliver, Worm Moon in “Twelve Moons”

The ghostly winter silence had given way to the great spring murmur of awakening life.

Jack London, The Call of the Wild

Spring is a happiness so beautiful, so unique, so unexpected, that I don’t know what to do with my heart. I dare not leave it – what do you advise?

Emily Dickinson, a letter c. 1880

…daffodils (who know the goal of living is to grow)

e.e. cummings, #16 (in time of daffodils)

It is spring, and the night wind is moist with the smell of the early flowers; the moon pours out its beauty,

Margaret Atwood, The Selected Poems: 1976-1986; “No Name”

Plants do not speak, but their silence is alive with change.

May Sarton, Plant Dreaming Deep

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