In like a lion…

Reflecting on the weather, I remember thinking at the start of this month: In like a lion, out like a lamb.  I think that refers to March weather and applies vice versa: in like a lamb, out like a lion.  I look back and see Daniel and Kirsten playing in a paddling pool on 2nd March and now here we are on 3rd April and they are playing in the snow.  Out like a lion for sure.    Maybe there is some kind of hidden sense in this crazy weather of ours, a sense and pattern that people long ago worked out.

Another saying my mother always quoted: n’er cast a clout, till may is out.  She said it meant, never take off a layer of winter clothing, til the may blossom is out on the trees (that is hawthorn).  Of course, with all this lovely weather the may has been out for a week or so.  In which case, mum would probably have said: well, maybe it means until the month of May is over.  She’d prefer that interpretation, anyway.  She liked to quote it as my sister and I would be digging out sandals and summer skirts after a week of spring weather.

So maybe this weather is part of a pattern, a much bigger pattern that we do not remember and notice very often, unless we stop and reflect.  And maybe that is why I like to write here: it helps me see and take note of the patterns, big and small.

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I started blogging after the birth of my first child. Since I stopped working, I realise I am defined far more by my relationships than by what I do. So, I am: wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend.

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