focus: week seven
“Rough winds do shake the darling buds of” — February? (Just one more reason why it really worked out well that Shakespeare was born in England.)
Everywhere I look these days, this one thing I see: buds, whether elongating into slender points at stem’s end, rising in a row of knots along the length of a branch, or swelling to a ripe and rosy plumpness.
So how could this week’s Focus photo be anything but a bud?
Buds are the symbol of pure potential. (Or maybe that’s newborn babies?) As such, the image of a single bud rising to meet the blue skies is the perfect illustration of this week’s focus, as I jumped off to a new blog site, sowed the first seeds of the early spring incarnation of the kitchen garden, and began a new chapter of my book.
F. also got notification this week of the probable date of his doctoral defense. Cross your fingers for us; won’t you? This end-date means it’s time to start the job search in earnest, and that’s a little nerve-wracking in this scary economic climate. I confess to also being a little worried about how we’re going to manage a job hunt plus his regular duties teaching and doing his research, plus my day job — and not attain a state of near burnout.
Still, seeing the bud of a new step in our life together begin to blush and swell on the limb this week has given both of us new resolve and focus.