The Promise of Spring Evokes Melancholy Thoughts

Snowdrops - February 2013
Snowdrops - February 2013 | Source

A Day with my Grandaughter

Becoming a grandparent has been one of the most exciting and fulfilling experiences of my life.

I have been blessed with three beautiful grandchildren, and am fortunate to be able to see them every week.

School holidays are a time of eager anticipation, not only for the children but for me too because I get to spend more time with them and time spent with them equates to hours of fun and entertainment!

It was half term last week and Sophie our youngest grandaughter aged 6 years, spent the day with us.

I could feel spring in the air, the sun was shining, the birds were singing and the sky was blue - it was a beautiful day for a walk.

We set off down the lane, Sophie was skipping and hopping, waving her arms in the air and as she turned round and saw that I was copying all her actions, the air was filled with her laughter. Suddenly the lane became a magical place, where time stands still and the years of life drift away, I felt as young and carefree as her and I wanted to bottle the moment and treasure it for always.

We stopped by the farm and watched the pigs in the mud and gave the ponies some grass and that’s when Sophie spotted some snowdrops.

I told her I knew where there were lots of snowdrops, at the Church just a few minutes away and Sophie said she’d like to see them.

Snowdrops - February 2013
Snowdrops - February 2013 | Source

The Snowdrops

We crouched down by the mass of snowdrops.

“When are they going to come up?” she asked.

“They are already up” I replied.

“No, I didn’t mean that” she said gently taking a flower between her fingers and turning it up to face the sky, “that’s what I mean”

“Oh” finally realising, “they don’t do that, they just hang down”

“Well, I still like them” she replied.

Her words took me back to when I was about Sophie’s age, I was playing on my bike out in the street, when I spotted some snowdrops in someone’s garden.

I thought they were the most beautiful flowers I had ever seen. From the pavement, they were just within my reach, the fact it was my teacher’s garden, didn’t deter me - it was just more than I could resist, I just had to pick one.

I held that snowdrop in my hand as though it was treasure, I was in complete awe of it’s loveliness.

That special moment was short-lived, within minutes I was consumed with guilt, I had stolen something…..

Many years later, I consider myself to have green fingers and can grow just about anything in my garden, but no matter how many times I plant snowdrops they never grow for me.

After every failure I think about my guilty secret….

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The Church Yard

Back in the Church yard, Sophie was looking at a headstone, “What does that writing say?”

“It says George”

“Why?”

“Because, when people die their bodies are buried here”

Quiet acceptance….

“That’s a big one over there, what does that say?”

“It says James and underneath it says Edith”

“Why does it say two names”

“Because a man is buried there and when his wife died, she was buried there with him”

I read the headstone


Together again



One of my favourite scriptures

Matthew 11:28

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

February 2013
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February 2013
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February 2013
February 2013 | Source

The Promise of Spring

Snowdrops have always symbolised positive beginnings to me.

Not only do they represent the promise of spring, their appearance demonstrate that seemingly against all the odds, even a small, unpretentious and so delicate a flower can defy the cold, harsh winter.

As a cold wind blew, the snowdrops shook, seemingly shivering in it’s wake, yet defiantly standing tall and bursting into life.

Looking around at the headstones, I was overcome with emotion.

Suddenly life seemed so very precious, I took Sophie’s hand, breathed in the moment and thanked God for the wonderful blessings in my life.

Sophie - Our little ray of sunshine!
Sophie - Our little ray of sunshine! | Source

The First Snowdrops

After the dark, gloomy days of winter, I always eagerly await Spring.

When I see the first snowdrops, it always reminds me of that first time, when as a child I stole one from a garden - I wonder if Sophie will remember her first time.....

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Rosemay50 3 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

This is such a touching and tender story Leslie, so much for a little one to learn in one day, I'm sure Sophie will remember her first snowdrops. It always amazed me how such a delicate flower survived even under frost and snow, just like we survive all that life throws at us.

Indeed a day full of precious moments and blessings.


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mckbirdbks 3 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

It is so nice that you record such joy at this simple gifts life offers to you. I am sure that your teacher would forgive you for enjoying a gift so freely bestowed in her garden. And I hope that you built a memory with your Granddaughter that she can carry forward with her. Your photography gives hope that spring has arrived on your doorstep.


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snakeslane 3 years ago from Canada

Hi Lesley, the snowdrops are blooming here too, been wondering how to get a good pic, yours are beautiful (as usual) and thank you so much for sharing your childhood memories and your grandaughter's discoveries. Wonderful stories. I think the secret to growing snowdrops is not plant them too deep, give them lots of light (southern exposure) and once they are in the ground do not disturb. The best patch I've seen is companion planted with lily of the valley, (they seem to like each other). Regards, snakeslane


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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

Really enjoyed this. Thank you. Spring is so far away from me. I appreciate your breath of meaning.


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Movie Master 3 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Rosemay, thank you for your lovely comments, I'm so pleased you enjoyed reading.

Hope you have a fabulous day, take care Lesley


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Movie Master 3 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Mike, since our walk, the last week has turned very cold again and we haven't seen any sunshine, it seems spring isn't here quite yet!!

Always good to see you, many thanks for your comment.

Have a good week and see you soon.


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Movie Master 3 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi snakeslane, I like lily of the valley as well, so I am going to try planting snowdrops again this year, thank you for the tips.

Maybe I can write a hub next spring showing photos of snowdrops out of my own garden, If I am successful it will be dedicated to you!

Enjoy your day and best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 3 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Mhatter99, thank you for stopping by, your visit and comments are much appreciated.

Best wishes Lesley


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia

Beautiful story and pictures as well. Lesley, I always know I will be greeted with beauty poem and story as well, like this one. Thanks for share with us. Voted up. Cheers....

Prasetio


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

This is a truly beautiful hub Lesley and thank you so much for sharing and Sophie is such a little cutie.

Have a wonderful evening.

Eddy.


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Ruchira 3 years ago from United States

Leslie,

I always enjoy your clicks since you put meaning into them.

Your grand daughter is adorable :)

Hugs!


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

Lislie, This is so beautiful, what a wonderful way to spend a day with Sophie, she is adorable. I am really looking forward to spring. I noticed a dandelion in my back yard yesterday and it was beautiful to me. I love your photos. Thank you for sharing.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

Lesley - You can be very proud of your sweet granddaughter, Sophie - she is not only beautiful but has a clever, inquiring mind like her grandma.


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Movie Master 3 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi prasetio, it's always good to see you, thank you for your kind comments and votes.

I hope you have a wonderful day, take care Lesley


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Movie Master 3 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Eddy, thank you - yes Sophie is a cutie, she's great company, such a happy child, always smiling!

Have a lovely day, take care Lesley


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Movie Master 3 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Ruchira, thank you for visiting today, your comments and continued support means a lot to me.

Best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 3 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi ruby, I am especially excited about spring this year, winter came early and it's been such a miserable, wet one!

Congratulations on 200 hubs!

Best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 3 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi drbj, thank you so much for your visit and comments, they are much appreciated.

Hope all is well with you, best wishes Lesley


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acaetnna 3 years ago from Guildford

How simply wonderful. Your granddaughter looks so beautiful and so precious to you. I love the snowdrops - when they are in bloom surely Spring is not too far away!


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Movie Master 3 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi acaetnna, Thank you for your lovely comments - the sun is shinning here today and we have crocus and daffodils in bloom too, hopefully spring has finally arrived!

Have a wonderful day, best wishes Lesley


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Fossillady 3 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

Hi Leslie, Well, I imagine Sophie will remember it for a long time. THe occasion sounds too special for her not too, even the part when she was quietly contemplating the tombstone! Thank you for sharing a lovely remembrance with us! Kathi :O)


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Movie Master 3 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Kathi, thank you for stopping by, it's always good to see you.

Sophie certainly seemed to enjoy the day, so hopefully the memory will stay with her!

Have a lovely day Kathi, take care and best wishes Lesley


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bdegiulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi Lesley. What a great story and a great day. Years from now your Sophie will think back to her day with you with very fond memories. Your photos are wonderful as usual and Sophie is adorable. Bill :)


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Movie Master 3 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Bill, thank you for visiting - I hope all is well with you.

Your comments are much appreciated, many thanks.

Have a good week and take care, best wishes Lesley


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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

Such a wonderful moment between you and your granddaughter---lovely--and thank you!


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Movie Master 3 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Audrey, Sophie and I had a lovely day together, thank you for reading and your comments.

Best wishes Lesley


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teaches12345 3 years ago

I was touched by the silent message of the tombstone and then your lead into Matthew 11:28. The snowdrops are so beautiful and remind me of peace and spring. THanks for the lovely message.


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anglnwu 3 years ago

Lovely way to showcase snowdrops. I like that you get to spend time with Sophie--she's so precious and you must be so proud. Enjoyed it and rated up.


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Movie Master 3 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi teaches12345, thank you for reading and your lovely comments, they are much appreciated.

Hope you have a wonderful day, best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 3 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi anginwu, Sophie is wonderful company - I am a very proud grandma!

Many thanks for your comments and votes, glad you enjoyed reading.

Take care and best wishes Lesley


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marcoujor 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Oh Leslie,

I can imagine if your teacher were reading this, she would hug the little girl in you and tell you that all is well...what a very tender and heartfelt childhood memory you have shared with us as you recount the magical experience that Sophie had with her first snowdrop. Your writing is as beautiful as you.

Voted UP and ABI. Hugs, Maria


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Movie Master 3 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Maria, thank you my friend for your lovely comments, it's always good to see you, I hope all is well with you.

Take care and have a good week, best wishes Lesley


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

Beautiful granddaughter. Strange the snowdrops won't grow for you. My mom had this...thing...if anyone gave her a flower or plant she would say "no, turn your back and let me steal it so it will grow." Now she is gone and I cannot ask where that idea come from but even teaching us not to steal this was something she lived by all the times I can remember someone giving her a plant. She was a gardener like no other I have seen, anything and everything grew for her.

Great story I really enjoyed it. Up and sharing.


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Vellur 3 years ago from Dubai

WOW refreshing and beautifully expressed. Enjoyed reading. Your grand daughter looks cute. Voted up. Great hub.


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Movie Master 3 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Jackie, thank you for stopping by today - it's always good to have your company.

I know you get excited about the coming of spring as I do! I loved your recent hub...

Enjoy spring - take care and best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 3 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Vellur, thank you for your lovely comments and votes, I'm so pleased you enjoyed reading.

Have a wonderful day, best wishes Lesley


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

Hi MM, Sophie is adorable, but you already know that. I've never seen a snowdrop until now. At least I don't remember doing so. It's sad that you thought you had stole a flower. Flowers are meant to be shared. Unless, of course you pick a dozen roses or a bushel of snowdrops off someone's bush. Wishing you a wonderful spring filled with many snowdrops while making more memories with your grandchildren.


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Movie Master 3 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Linda, the memory of picking that snowdrop still haunts me now!!

Winter has been so long, cold and miserable here, that I am more excited about spring and sunshine than ever!

Have a good one, and thank you so much for visiting!

Best wishes lesley


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suzettenaples 3 years ago from Taos, NM

Movie Master: Sophie is beautiful! You are certainly blessed. I love this hub - thank you for sharing a day with your granddaughter with us - Now I feel blessed. Your photographs are lovely as always. The snowdrops are beautiful - but coming up in February. Was it a warm February or do they always come up in that month? I don't know much about that particular flower. Thanks so much for sharing this with us - just beautiful!


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Movie Master 3 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi suzette, yes the snowdrops always appear by February - they are very hardy for such a small flower!

Our weather here is still cold and miserable for spring, so other spring flowers are a bit behind this year, the weather man said it was by 20 days!

Thank you so much for visiting and your comments.

Have a beautiful day, best wishes Lesley


stessily 3 years ago

Lesley, Snowdrops are such lovely flowers. Your experience as a child tugs at my heart, and then to read that you've never been able to grow snowdrops! Sophie is indeed a "little ray of sunshine". Your tribute to spring is welcoming, even with the melancholy thoughts. But then spring has a brisk freshness to it which often conjures for me a blend of memories of winter's coldness and promise of spring's freshness.

Kind regards, Stessily


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Movie Master 3 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi stessily, your visit is much appreciated today, I hope both you and Derdriu are keeping well.

I am very behind with my reading and haven't been very active on hubpages for a while, life has been pretty hectic lately.

It's good to see you, thank you again for your visit, take care and best wishes Lesley


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

This is tender and very beautiful, those moments are precious; I'm sure Sophie will treasure the memories.

It's pure Spring magic, when the first snowdrop pops it's head through the snow, you described it beautifully.


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Movie Master 3 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Jo, It good to see you here today, I hope everything is ok with you.

Thank you for your lovely comments, enjoy spring and take care.

Best wishes Lesley


stessily 3 years ago

Lesley, These words you write describe my life of late: "I am very behind with my reading and haven't been very active on hubpages for a while, life has been pretty hectic lately." All three of those situations apply to me as well.

It was a pleasure to take the time to visit this lovely "promise of spring", even with its melancholy evocations. I have missed visiting your beautiful writing/photography desk here on HubPages.

Always best wishes and kind regards for you and your dear ones,

Stessily


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Movie Master 3 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Thank you so much stessily, take care and best wishes Lesley


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia

Lesley, you have done a great job here. Very well written and the photos you included are the best. Thanks for sharing with us. Voted up!

Prasetio


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Denise Handlon 3 years ago from North Carolina

What a beautiful hub story, Lesley. Sophie is a beautiful girl with a radiant smile and sparkling eyes! You are indeed fortunate, to be able to see your grandkids weekly. I'm happy when I see mine three times a year. I'm eagerly awaiting when I can actually move back to Michigan to be with them once more.

Love the confession of a little girl whose teacher, no doubt, would have gladly shared a flower with her. The guilt...how early we learn to be conscious of wrong doing and not accepting of our innocent actions. I hope you will spend some quiet time with this little girl to embrace her with love; letting her know she was just following her curiosity and not intentionally acting harmful. I think she may need to hear that.

Many blessings...


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Movie Master 3 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Prasetio, thank you so much for stopping by today, your comments and votes, it's always great to see you!

Hope all is well with you, take care and best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 3 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Denise, yes I am very fortunate to be able to spend so much time with my grandchildren, it must be hard for you to see so little of yours.

I hope the day comes soon when you can move back to Michigan.

Thank you for your lovely comments, they are much appreciated.

Best wishes Lesley


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Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal

MM,

even though I live beneath the Himalayas, it does not snow in my city. I cannot exactly relate with winter, but as a farmer, I have rejuvenated my soul with spring. Your pictures are amazing.


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Movie Master 3 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Vinaya, it's always good to see you, your visit and comments are much appreciated.

I hope all is well with you - enjoy spring!

Best wishes Lesley


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa

I am boots and all on your page, MM - grandchildren are the sweetest delight. Your Sophie is a beautiful little girl.

Those snowdrops, too, absolutely beautiful. But I would not like that climber to cover the gravestone?

And, as always, your pictures dropped my jaw. Stunning!

Take care, Leslie!


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Movie Master 3 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Martie, it's good to see you, I hope all is well with you.

I'm so pleased you enjoyed reading, thank you for visiting, enjoy your day and take care.

Best wishes Lesley

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