West Tisbury: Snowdrops

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Driving down Old County Road one early morning last week, I took note of the color of the sky, a soft lavender blue, the quality of the light, the warmth of the air around me. Car windows were open. It looked and felt like spring. I know it’s too early, only the beginning of February. We expect to have plenty of winter left. But even looking outside as I write this Sunday afternoon, everything appears bathed in a warm glow.

Surprisingly, I haven’t seen any of my snowdrops yet. They have usually appeared by now, especially the first ones that come up in a south-facing spot outside our dining room.

After writing this, I did go outside and brushed aside the leaves. There they were. Green leaves and tightly closed white buds. Snowdrops. Mixed feelings seeing them. I love the spring progression of growth, green tips pushing up through the earth, snowdrops, then crocuses, anemones, scilla, daffodils, and so on. At the same time, I hate losing the winter quiet that I treasure. But nature has its rhythm and its seasons, whether I want them to come or not.

Arlen Wise has asked that everyone remember the Island Food Pantry over these next months. “It is winter and our donations are dwindling,” she said. Food and cash donations are needed. Volunteers, too. For more information, look at their website: islandfoodpantry.org.There are purple donation boxes all around the island. Two in town are at Cronig’s and the library.

At the library this coming week:

Friday, Feb. 15, 4 pm, bring your yoga mat to a free Pilates class with Judy Krantz.

Saturday, Feb. 16, 10:30 am, Roxane Kapitan of IGI will lead a Regenerative Backyard Gardening Workshop. Learn how to use regenerative gardening practices to grow edible plants, conserve water, eliminate your use of fossil fuels, and make compost. At 3 pm, Alan Brigish and Susan Klein will discuss their new book, “Joyce’s Way.”

Sunday, Feb. 17, 3:30 pm, master gardener Paul Jackson will talk about developing nourishing soil and growing beautiful vegetables. His presentation is sponsored by the Green Team from the First Congregational Church of West Tisbury.

The library will be closed Monday, Feb. 18, for President’s Day.

Tuesday, Feb. 19, 10:30 am, Adult Community Dance Class with the Yard.

Wednesday, Feb. 20, 10:30 am, David Rhoderick’s Classical Music Class will have a guest speaker, Ed Merck. At 4 pm, Lynn Thorpe will lead a Sign Language Learning and Practice Circle, teaching Pidgin Signed English as a second language.

You will be reading this column on Valentine’s Day. For many of us, it will be a day to bedeck our houses with hearts and bouquets, for chocolate, for love of the special people in our lives. I have had a quote from Mr. Rogers on my refrigerator for awhile that I want to quote here: “Love isn’t a state of perfect caring. It is an active noun, like struggle. To love someone is to strive to accept that person exactly the way he or she is, right here and now.” I have read this statement often as I pass by, and find it something to think about and aspire to. It reminds me to accept and love the people I care for, and reminds me to accept and care for myself, too.