Thursday, March 15, 2007
Spring Is In The Air
The weather’s been lovely these last couple of days. What a contrast with last year, when the Spirit of Spring returned home and found the God of Winter on top of his wife and the kitchen table. He got so angry then that he left the country and refused to come back until his place was finally taken over by the Lord of Summer. But this year it seems that Mr. Spring and his wife have consulted a marriage counsellor, because the sun is shining, the flowers are popping up and the birds are singing – until our cats bite their sweet little heads off, the darlings.
The nicest thing is that I’m seeing daylight again. In winter I leave home in the dark, take the bus in the dark to the dark train station and it’s still dark when I arrive at the office. I spend my whole day in a dark corner of the office. And when I leave in the evening it’s dark from the door of the office to my own door. Very depressing!
Just before my trip to Niger, the light came back. I first noticed it while waiting on platform 8, the sun just peeped its head over the horizon. Now, a couple of weeks later, the sun is already up before I am. And in the evening, it accompanies me from the office to the train station and all the way back home.