Black marker and pencil on bond paper
12 x 14 inches
Barbara Muir © 2011
In the north here, despite the fact that the light is getting
stronger and longer, we are still mired in winter. My
laptop shows a picture of the morning glories in our
garden last summer -- that brilliant blue, and the verdant
jungle of leaves cheer me up every time.
But we need more than that to keep the belief in summer
alive in our hearts. We do, after all, have a long wait --
all the way to April, and often all the way to May.
Roses are a happy part of the kitchen clutter
(The bunch on the left cost $1.99 -- so
almost everybody can have some.)
My answer is really simple. Bring it in. Go to your
nearest flower store, or grocery store and buy some
flowers. It doesn't have to be expensive. At our florist
a pot of tulips is $4.99. That pot will go from small
buds to massive blooms in about a week, and for that
whole week there is a joyous feeling in the house.
Not only that, when you brush against the plant to open
a cupboard door, or to make a coffee, you will smell
the smell of spring. What a heady concoction to those
of us subjected to wind, snow, ice and freezing
temperatures for at least four months, and sometimes six.
This strategy works. I've tested it for the past few winters,
and found that if I come into a house filled with flowers
my mood lifts instantly.
Have a going-out-to-get-some-flowers day.