The cool, windy mornings of early spring have a lonely feeling to them, sometimes, looking up into trees with just a few tiny leaves starting to open on branches that blur into a dark sky. The willows in my backyard have mostly dropped their catkins, as shown in this post from last year, and now they’re outlined in the pale green of new growth. For a moment, a squirrel peeks around a neighbor’s tree. A breath of the damp air carries with it a sense of potential, of bright and wonderful things yet to be imagined. The lonely feeling floats gently away, carried on the wind.

Word-art with a squirrel saying "Today is a perfect day to just be happy."

I couldn’t resist illustrating this post with a happy squirrel image that one of my coworkers attached to an email message earlier this week. Enjoy!

Nurturing Thursday was started by Becca Givens and seeks to “give this planet a much needed shot of fun, support and positive energy.” Visit her site to find more Nurturing Thursday posts and a list of frequent contributors.


  1. Just makes me smile! 🙂

  2. I love the image and the message. This realization is infact very important.

  3. Hi Meg, for sure they enjoy spring, we have lots of them here, always jumping around. But spring isn’t here yet, snowing and lots of raining, and very cold still. Have a great Sunday!

    • Yes, it’s cold here today also, but should be warming up through the week, and I’m looking forward to getting outdoors more next weekend. 🙂

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