Maybe it’s a little thing, but when the sun broke through the clouds in Dallas Tuesday morning and shined brightly in a pale blue sky, it lifted us and we had to go outside to stand in its glow and feel its warmth for a little while.
For so many days before, weeks it seemed, the sky was covered in gray clouds and the rain was falling through the days and nights so that we couldn’t help but wish it would clear, knowing though that we will need every drop to carry us through the summer.
Still, when the sun came out this week, it carried a special importance to us. It reminded us that things change. The world tomorrow will be different from the world today.
In the shining sun, we saw the early buds that will soon flower on our trees and in our gardens. We saw the flashes of bright colors that will soon surround us in the sense of rebirth that spring brings.
It was easy to forget, for a moment, that we are in hard times, and that these hard times will continue indefinitely.
When we remembered that, though, we were also able to remember that though they might last a long time, they will not last forever.
Just as the clouds parted Tuesday and the sun shined in full upon us, this terrible disease will part in time.
That thought was sustaining. It gave us a little courage. We know we need to carry on with the best possible public health practices. We know those are hard, even painful.
But we know that we will come together again, in time. And we look forward to that warmth and renewal too.