Back to LIFE!

Yesterday: Bare Naked Ladies. (or trees if that's what you like to call them).

Today: Spring has sprung! The ladies are lookin' good and gettin' better by the hour!

I think it’s the 24 hours of light that makes an arctic spring somewhat of a time lapse photography experience in real life.  And,  after the longest winter of my life, I welcome the light and the life back to mine!

In this arctic experience, at various times, and sometimes all at once, I have gone without.  Sometimes for days, weeks, or even months at a time I’ve gone without:

– The sun.

– Degrees of warmth.

– The ability to comfortably or even semi-comfortably go outside.

– Family.  For months, upon months, upon months, upon months ….  I have never been so far away from my family for so long.

– Friends.  I miss you so much.

– Play groups. We miss you so much.

– A job.  (This, up until this year, has always been a real source of identity and given me a sense of purpose in my life).

– Money from said job.

– Television.  At first for months, and then a few weeks, and sometimes it just goes out for or a few days here and there.

– Internet service for weeks at a time.

– Fashion.  Stores. Shopping. (No Target. No mall.  Certainly not an Anthropologie.)

– Things to do with kids.  ie: zoo, children’s museums, parks, playgrounds, aquariums, ponds to feed ducks, cruising Target …

– My wits.

You know what I’ve  learned (so far) during this deprivation diet?

– Like the birch trees,  I’ve never been without support.

– Like the bare birch trees, all my missing leafs and then some will all come back again someday!

–  Like the bare birch trees, I am stronger than I ever imagined.

I’m still standing.

I’m still standing!

Ya, Ya, Ya!

Am I a birch tree?

Ya! Ya! Yaella

*It is only with this knowledge, and because of this knowledge, you know, knowing that I may actually be a birch tree, that I know that as The Oprah Show draws to a close, I might be ok.  Maybe.

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11 responses to “Back to LIFE!

  1. So nice to have Alaskarella back in my radar. You were missed. May your renewed strength and determination discover much happiness.

  2. What a lovely post Springarella! I sure do miss having you within reach, but I’m so glad to see you back in the cyber world! I’ll skype and walk through Target with you if you want =)

  3. Maureen Clarke

    I think you are a might oak! I miss you and can’t wait to see you this summer!
    Love,
    Maureen

  4. Welcome back!

  5. Katie, Yippee. You’re back. I’m so sorry that it all seems like such a struggle for you up there. I’m going to get philosophical now….It’s true that you need to focus on the good things, because you have many things to appreciate. I know very few people who have as many family members who love them as you have. Even if they’re far away, they’re there…It is such a gift. Continue to make the most of it. Remember, it’ll all make a great book someday.

    • Thanks Ronnie! You are so right. I am so blessed by so many things, most of all, “all those who love me” (and I love right back!). Including you! Thanks for your constant support and your blessed perspective. It means a lot to me.

  6. Glad you’re back! And, I hope to see you this summer!