"My being longed for renewal..." ~ Jane Eyre
It has been the longest of winters literally and figuratively.
For those who know me, you would think there were previous moments in my life where I would have truly felt my innocence lost, but this past winter was truly a time when I felt nothing would ever be the same again. Death of friends, death of a former way of American economic life, even the death of two baseball stadiums that were filled with important memories I have of both grandfathers. The winter itself lingered a long time here; I wore my winter coat up until three weeks ago, still waking up to the cold and needing warmth during my morning commute. The light of the warm sun of spring just never seemed in sight. I felt like Jane Eyre during her long days of depression and fog after she travels a harsh road away from Thornfield.
But then, Jane awakens, and is finally able to enjoy life again...and return to Thornfield. Nothing is ever the same there...except one thing: her love and happiness with Rochester. Throughout all of this, the Prince and I have grown stronger, as has our love. And, thankfully, as the warmth of the sun has finally arrived and the flowers are in bloom (such as the one in the photo from my garden), our lives feel like they have blossomed once again.
All of a sudden life has become happy again. It wont ever be the same, but at least life feels more and more back to normal now that spring is upon us.