Time has streaked straight from winter to summer in a couple of weeks. A couple of weeks ago, 18" of snow fell. Today, I rode my mountain bike with abandon, feeling the warm air rush past me. Today, summer stretches out long and beautiful into the future like the long and winding trails waiting for me to explore them.
Although my spine still hurts frequently and I still have a lot of physical therapy ahead of me, I've spontaneously stopped to give thanks at the oddest moments over the past few days. As K and I rode a quiet trail past myriad stumps that a bear had ripped apart last night, I stopped in the middle of the trail to say thank you. Thank you to the entire corps of people who have made my spine strong again and especially to my pillar of strength who never wavers. Thanks to you, I can enjoy our miraculous world.
Here was one spot where I stopped today. It doesn't look special at first glance but the tree in the foreground is an important bear landmark. New bear fur appears in its bark regularly, telling me that black bears have been doing their shimmying back rubbing dances against it to broadcast their scent (the link is to a video of a bear doing this dance). Indeed, it was very close to this spot where K and I saw a bear the other morning.
I stopped to exult in the mountain beauty and the warmth of the wind atop a local peak. K stretched out, tall and proud.
I delighted in the details - the newly blooming low bluebells...
... and the raucously bright yellow banner flowers that just burst into joyful blossom today.
Life isn't perfect. My spine isn't perfect. However, as I recline on my deck writing this post with hummingbirds buzzing past my head and our flycatcher couple feverishly constructing a nest under the deck, I feel happy with where I am right now.
Happy Summer to all of you from me and my pack.