Celebrating Spring

WindintheWillows

Early last year I re-read one of my favorite books, Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows. It was delightful to revisit this old favorite, and I discovered that the landscapes of Grahame’s timeless story fit very well with the landscapes I see around me here in Oregon. I have some favorite spots that I pass by every day, and I’m sure they are inhabited by Mole and Ratty, Mr. Toad, and Badger. It keeps this beloved book close to my heart on a daily basis.

This morning I celebrate the first day of Spring by once again thinking of that delightful book which starts out with Mole doing some Spring cleaning. I’m sure that many of you, especially my friends enduring that endless East Coast winter this year, are also feeling that ‘spirit of divine discontent and longing’ on this first day of Spring. May your day be filled with wonderful stories, beautiful blossoms, perhaps some spring cleaning, and respite from those Winter storms! Happy Spring, friends!

The mole had been working very hard all the morning, spring-cleaning his little home. First with brooms, then with dusters; then on ladders and steps and chairs, with a brush and a pail of whitewash; till he had dust in his throat and eyes, and splashes of whitewash all over his black fur, and an aching back and weary arms. Spring was going in the air above and in the earth below and around him, penetrating even his dark and lowly little house with its spirit of divine discontent and longing.

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Illustration by Arthur Rackham.

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3 thoughts on “Celebrating Spring

  1. Kay

    What a lovely thought, Robin! Saying hello to you and I don’t think I have since I’ve been back to blogging. If so, just chalk it up to a repeat. LOL

    Nice to see you and your pretty Oregon site. I have a new blog and would love to have you stop by. Are you enjoying retirement? Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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  2. Kristen M.

    I haven’t read this in a few years but it seems right. I just added The Secret Garden to my spring reading list, I’m already planning on reading Alice in Wonderland, and now this. I think it’s going to be a childhood flashback spring!

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