Cornelia hates February. Most people on the East Coast probably do at this point. But down here in New Mexico, I’ve seen yellow crocuses and white narcissus blooming. How can animosity find purchase in anyone’s heart when the sun shines so unfettered in this crayon blue sky?
For me, February is a time of reflection. When my life is as roller coaster-y as it’s been during the last few months — introspection can become paralyzing.
This month is colored with memories of my mother — her life and death — and our troubled relationship.
It’s also my birthday month. A time of celebration. A time of looking to the future. I love it for that, for its uniqueness and brevity.
Last weekend, I saw a poor confused butterfly. It fluttered across my path and, because it’s February, I was struck with both the beauty of the moment and the incredible sadness of that creature’s prospects for survival . . . because any New Mexican can tell you that this light hint of winter’s release is only a tease. We’ll have a big snow storm or two, at least one more hard freeze, before spring conquers the day.
When thinking about topics for today’s blog, I had several ideas. All of them put me squarely back into the danger zone of deep introspection and I just don’t want to go there right now. I’ve got enough on my emotional plate to feed a couple of hungry villages.
So I decided to post a few videos that make me happy. Why not give you, our ‘Rati readers, a little fun on a Monday morn?
I’d never heard of Andy McKee until crusing the internet last week. Though many other of his other videos have more pyrotechnics, I adore this one for the love it shows. In thinking about my mother, I wish I’d been able to write something like this in words.
Tom Leher is someone many people today have never heard of. Back when I was a kid, he was something of a guilty pleasure, one shared among friends — but only the right kind of friends. Most of Leher’s songs have a truly wicked center and it was difficult for me to pick the one I wanted most to post. But the song below seems particularly appropriate for mystery readers and writers . . .
So have a good remainder of February and think of me at the end of the week . . .
And, maybe, share a link to a music video that brightens your day every time you see/hear it.