Last weekend, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons washed over us as violinist Nikki Chooi and the K-W Symphony put on an amazing performance at Kitchener’s Centre in the Square.
The only thing missing was the scenery Sam and I see in all seasons on countryside drives, as we listen to a CD of The Four Seasons.
As a followup to hearing The Four Seasons live, I decided to choose a favorite winter and a favorite spring photo of Sam’s, representing the season we’d so like to leave behind, and the one we’re anticipating.
The winter photo I chose didn’t require driving into the countryside – just walking a few steps into my study. Taken just after 7 a.m. one morning in February 2015, it features the lights leading to Rockway Gardens in the foreground and the trees and snow of the golf course in the middle ground. In the distance are the expressway (and other) lights, Mt. Trashmore (reclaimed garbage dump), the red Staples sign and more.
It is my favorite winter scene. I love seeing the city wake up. All seems right with the world, somehow – even with traffic on the expressway.
A favorite spring picture taken by Sam is harder to identify. There are so many to choose from. I’m drawn to photos taken south of the border, remembering how we loved to drive to Pennsylvania in early April, when vestiges of winter hung on in Ontario. This photo comes from further south, showing the rustic Peaks of Otter Lodge in Virginia in the 1990’s. We’ve stayed there and enjoyed the restaurant and the grounds at least three times, usually in spring.
Both music and experiencing the seasons nourish and invigorate my spirit. Putting them together is wonderful!
Questions for Reflection:
- Does music nourish and invigorate your spirit? Does the change of seasons nourish your spirit?
- If they both nourish your spirit, how do you put them together?
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Today I’m posting Blog #100! Initially I planned for 70 blogs, but was unable to stop. I hope to continue to post more blogs, but I may need to skip a week now and then, given the vagaries of cancer.
Thank you, readers, for your thoughtful feedback and for the way different ones of you have held particular blogs in your heart.
The act of writing this blog nourishes me. So do you the readers.
Next week: Mind-Changing Books of Childhood