Monday, March 02, 2009
In Like a Lion
March sure came in like a lion this weekend! But typical of New England, it was also on a roller coaster ride, taking us with it. Friday, we had 60 degree, balmy weather. All I needed outside was a light jacket. Saturday was MOTS ("more of the same," in the words of Boston's award-winning legendary meteorologist who just retired on Thursday after 30+ forecasting the weather here). In fact, it was feeling so much like spring that I indulged and bought 3 bunches of daffodills to brighten up my living room.
All well and good until sometime last evening. It started with an e-mail from a parent asking if we would have school today. I looked out the window. Nothing. I went on-line to check the weather and saw that Boston Public schools were already cancelled. Within a couple of ours, our local superintendent had called to tell me we wouldn't have school today either. So I sent out a flurry of e-mails and Facebook messages (actually, just put it in my status!) and made several phone calls to let everyone know they had the day off.
Then I settled in to see what would happen. I can't tell you how many times school has been called off when it shouldn't have been, or it wasn't called off and should have been. You never know when you do things ahead of time. But when I looked out my window this morning (after sleeping in), I saw that we'd made the right call this time.
After shoveling out, I went to see if I could find some wildlife and ended up at my favorite nearby lake. I thought I might see some ducks and geese, but there were only sea gulls huddled on the still ice-covered lake. I'm not sure why the unprotected wind-swept lake is a better place to sleep than the warmer, less windy shore. Perhaps it's safer is all.
Once again, I was intrigued by the silhouette of the dark leafless trees against the white of the frozen, snow-covered lake. Contrast, patterns, and texture are interesting to me...