Flights of Fancy


It’s just a routine day, with nothing special on the schedule.  The kind of day you need once in awhile, just to settle back into the everyday routine.  A day of sunshine, and mild temperatures, to activate one from the sleepy drowse of winter.

The groundhog, perhaps looking for a mate, came up out of his hole in midwinter and saw his shadow, confirming yet another few weeks until spring.  The big mid-winter festival of Superbowl has ended, the small holiday of Valentine’s Day is nearly upon us, and thoughts of spring come to mind as days get longer.

Even a person with complete seriousness, such as myself, can’t be blamed for flights of fancy that take one to the sun-drenched days of summer with leg- and arm-revealing clothing.  Our fancy turns to porch swings, while sipping lemonade during the heat of the day, with floppy hats and sunglasses to shield our eyes from the sun, enjoying warmth and sunshine as we try to catch a stray breeze.

And then there is that reflection in the glass before me, and all I can think of is, why?  Why did I eat out every day last week.  Why did I eat that chocolate cake and cheesecake?  Sure it was a celebration, but really, why didn’t I say no dessert and second helpings on those chilly wintry days of snow and rain, wrapped up in sweaters,  and think of summer.  Why did I eat, watch TV, read and hang around the house rather than getting out and getting some exercise.

Why?  Because it was cold, I was warm and content with the people I love, and not thinking about tomorrow.

Today I can see clearly.  No longer is it the fancy of the young on the beach in a bikini that I see, but with a little effort, I can imagine this little retired couple on hikes with grandchildren and dogs, and picnics in the park.

As more sunny spring like days appear with flowers pushing up from the ground, the more clear that image will become.  It is time to start getting ready.

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