Sometimes. Sometimes you can feel something inside that says something, says something that makes you tingle in anticipation. Makes you think something is happening, something good.
Last week was like that, almost like a build up, a stepping, a skipping, a running into a place – someplace. Friday felt like it was just there, what was it, what would happen?
I didn't win the contest, didn't gasp for joy at amazing news of wondrous bounty coming my way.
Needless to say I was a tad disapointed to say the least.
Was I crest fallen when I climbed the stairs to bed? Well, you could say my crest was positively round my ankles, tripping me up, causing me to stumble, falter and not find my step.
I woke up in Narnia. Not the tropical beach of my fantasy, the snow filled landscape of silence.
A world apart, time out of mind.
Brave little friends of a week gone by, huddled together in their igloo of snow.
The signs of Spring to come bravely standing fast, closed tight against the cold. Standing tall and straight, like soldiers on the front line awaiting their fate, trusting it will all work out in the end.
I did the only thing possible under the circumstances. I took photos.
The last photo for the book was still 'out there' un-taken. I still wanted the pet shot, pic of my friend Ali's dog Ben in a Santa hat. I'd told Ali I'd be up on Saturday and snap the pic against a white background. We never thought there would be snow, so much snow.
They say you should never work with children or animals. I can see why. But the lovely Ben just makes us laugh as he scampers about in the snow throwing the hat and trying to bury it.
I get the shot I want, the one I had seen in my mind.
The snow turns to rain, the snow disappears. Narnia is gone almost as if it never existed. Was it brought for a few hours just to get a photograph and finish a book?
Sometimes you just don't know what is happening in life. It can change in a moment. Thank God we live in a land where snow is the weather's excitement. Your heart goes out to those in Japan who have lost everything in the hell that is the tsunami. Little dreams and fantasies are so small by comparison.
Sometimes you just have to hang in there, bless what you have and hope for the best.