Well, it finally happened and today, in the part of the world where I live. It’s officially the first day of spring! That said, it was actually a little overcast and chilly, but that didn’t stop me from celebrating it with this little newborn, for our prompt today. One can only hope he manages to grow into those feet. I suffered from a similar issue when I was going through grow spurts. It’s funny that our feet tend to grow first. I read once that we grow inward, with hands and feet first and then on to the arms and legs. Humans spend far more time in this gangly stage than any other animal, which is what made our teen years bizarre and confusing, yet oh so memorable. I can still remember earning the shoe size of a full-grown man while still feeling utterly like a confused teen. Thankfully, the other bits did manage to catch up to form some sort of proportion to it all. The arms didn’t quite get as big as I’d like, but that was simply a side effect of genetics. When at my goal weight, I’m simply described as trim. The word used to describe people without those bulky muscles that might nefariously change the silhouette of an otherwise perfectly formed popsicle.
As we head towards Easter, the stores are filled with various little baby chicks and candy ready to fill baskets and please lots of children. It strikes me that this little guy I illustrated is in the stance of that plastic chicken that delivers a single jelly bean. The one that kids will giggle about and refer to as a “pooping chicken” even though I’m quite sure it’s meant to be an egg. One of the most amazing versions of this product idea, though, came out while I was working at Hallmark – The Interactive Squawkin’ Egg Droppin’ Mama Hen! I still remember laughing out loud when watching the demo. It’s amazing and I totally recommend it! I’m sure this is probably meant to entertain children, but it’s equally for us kids at heart. Last year Philippe and I made each other Easter baskets, but this year, I’m not sure if the tradition will continue. It’s just all happening too soon and there’s little time to prepare. Also, I was still hoping that I could make my cherished Christmas Cake an Easter tradition as well and I’m not giving up on that dream.
But as the seasons shift and the thrill of the new hangs in the air, I’m rather excited. It’s time to shed old thoughts and cheer on some brand new thinking. A perfect time to dig into that list of dreams yet to be realized and pick one. Any one will DO! It actually never matters as long as you pursue it with all the passion you can muster. I have a list a mile long of things I’d love to do next, so it’s not likely I’ll be able to check off most of them. Yet I’m so excited to attempt just some of them and see where it takes me next. I hope that if you have a dream you’ve been setting aside for some time now, that you’ll be inspired to revisit it again as well. There’s really no harm in trying something that you want to do. Sure, it can fail and even fail miserably, but the simple act of doing is in itself a success. Most people never get that far. So if you’re in the process of doing something you truly love, congratulations. You’ve already succeeded. The world is new and alive again, ripe with infinite possibilities, like the first day of spring.
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