On the evening of Dec. 31st
I received this text
From my friend Debra.
What ensued was sheer joy.
John & I signed up.
Then we both started spreading the word
To everyone we could think of.
Helping them get an appointment.
The result was
We received our first vaccination on Jan 4th
Which meant we were totally vaccinated
By the end of the month.
It felt like a miracle.
I was giddy to say the least.
Debra and I normally get together
For photo sessions in my garden
On a regular basis.
Needless to say
It’s been awhile.
We spent winter Wednesday mornings together
Over Google Meet
Most of them involved butter & flour & more butter.
Teaching each other to bake
Some tasty favorites.
Just as the time was arriving
For a safe real visit
The Polar Vortex hit.
With endless days in the single digits
I wasn’t sure
There would be a spring garden
But nature is perhaps the greatest
Of all survivors.
We had a REUNION.
Even the 100% chance of rain prediction
Couldn’t stop us.
Debra came with camera in tow
And of course her famous
Chocolate Chip Cookies.
And through the mist
She captured early spring miracles.
She loves buds
And curvy lines
So this tree peony bud
Spoke to her.
It speaks to me on many fronts.
We are, like this bud,
From the darkests of winters.
With some part of us
All curvy and pink
And ready to party.
Her posts on Instagram @debrasuemitchell
Always include a quote.
“When the world wearies, and society ceases to satisfy, there is always the garden.”
I hope if you are not vaccinated
You will have that chance soon.
And thank you to the Garfield County Health Department workers.
You have done such a remarkable job