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anemonethe hillside faces south, and it shrugged off the snow quite quickly when the sun started taking his job seriously again. the ground is still frozen though, frozen deep, and as soon as he looks away the chill returns, well below zero in the night. i’d resigned myself to a long wait – they say spring will be late this year. half past april, maybe. reports threatening snow.

they (not necessarily the same they) also say all good things come to those who wait, which is an expression i’m not entirely comfortable with. it implies a certain manna-from-heaven-mentality. manna from heaven is all well and good in theory. patience is a virtue and all that, and it does come in handy, but if i just sit and wait for things to be handed to me with no effort at all on my part, i expect i’ll be waiting for a very long time.

i don’t trust these they. so i’ve made a slight amendment to the saying.

all good things come to those who look for them. i looked for spring. here it is.