Last week, my husband came into the house with an armful of downy yellow daffodils which brightened our kitchen for days. Every time I walked into the dining room, they greeted me with sunny cheerfulness and lifted my spirits.
Leaving for a wedding Saturday afternoon, as we came around the curve at the top of our street we were almost blinded by a row of sun-bright forsythia. I hadn't realized they were there, hadn't really noticed them in all the years we've lived here. But there's no avoiding them this year, the brilliant blossoms waving in celebration of spring.
Other colors are bright and rich this year, too, but the sunshine has come to earth for us, warming hearts even in the chilly air of a rain-washed morning.