Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Homegrown Sunshine

This morning, after seeing my daughter off on the school bus, I remained standing by our kitchen window. My thoughts drifted to what I would've seen here only a few short months ago: a seemingly infinite expanse of white fields. Today, the only white I see is in the blossoming crabapple tree and petals of a few scattered daffodils. There is green, beautiful green everywhere, but it didn't get there without a little gray... and as I look up, yes, here it is again. Here comes the rain.

I usually don't mind rainy days. After our long winter, I'm downright grateful for it instead of snow or sleet. Still, this morning I couldn't help but yearn for the sunshine and blue skies we had just yesterday.

"Whatcha thinkin' about, Mom?" was followed by a big hug and kiss. A little boy now stood by my side, and we looked out through the rain streaked window. He sighed and offered some 7 year old wisdom, because he obviously could see I needed a dose. "Mom, you know we can't have all sunshine, even though it's pretty nice. We've got to have rainy days too. They're not so bad... come on, I know! Let's read some books!"

So that's what we did. We spent the morning hours reading all kinds of books in "Daddy's chair." The gray clouds and rain outside lost their power.  We chose to make our own sunshine:

Suppose you're dressed for walking,
And the rain comes pouring down, 
Will it clear off any sooner
Because you scold and frown? 
And wouldn't it be nicer
For you to smile than pout,
And so make sunshine in the house
When there is none without?

~ Phoebe Cary

Our local weather forecast is rain and thunderstorms all week, and that's to be expected. It's the end of April, after all. My prediction is of a slightly different sort:
a week of sunshine, of the homegrown variety.


  1. Out of the mouths of babes. Sometimes it amazes me how little ones can have such wisdom. What a perfect morning to curl up in a chair and read books. I love to read to my grandchildren. Thanks for sharing Megan. It's a delight to visit here. ~ Abby

  2. I always love your beautiful graphics, but today your words are speaking to me too. Thanks!

  3. Hi Megan!
    I know exactly how you feel. I am in Denver and I love the sunshine. Colorado is one of the sunniest states, so believe me, it is difficult when we have cloudy days. You just get used-to the sun. As I've grown older, I realize that the weather actually has an effect on my emotions. So, when it is gloomy, I head to my art studio to create and listen to uplifting music. It works! On another note, I am so thankful for you and your blog! Every time, I visit, there are beautiful flowers and poetry. It is a natural perspective booster! Smiles! I don't usually leave a message, but I wanted you to know that what you do makes a difference in my life. Much joy and abundant blessings! Cynthia

  4. Oh my, how absolutely precious! Thank you for sharing this sweet story with us :) May you continue to have a beautiful week!

    Hugs and blessings!

  5. What a sweet post!! Don't you just love little boys?!! Mine is 18 now so those days are over. Enjoy every moment!!
    Blessings, Diane

  6. Thank you sharing this Megan. It reminds me of my son Will, he would have said the same thing. He loves when it rains, where as I love the sun. He too reminds me that we must have both when I am down from the weather. The warmth of my son and daughter bring warmth to my day as well. Thank you for sharing, it has lifted my soul on this rainy day here in Minnesota. August Thurmer


“Kind words can be short and easy to speak,
but their echoes are truly endless.”

~ Mother Teresa