Turkeys and my children might not seem like a likely combination but this morning, they both taught me a lesson.
This morning, we woke to a spring snow storm. As I looked out the window, my mood soured. “It’s April, and it’s snowing,” I thought, frowning. But when my kids ran to the window, they squealed in delight. Instead of being upset about something completely out of their control, they embraced what was: a beautiful, snowy morning.
About five minutes later, my husband sent me this photo of turkeys in the snow. He knows they remind me of home. Growing up and still today, my dad was and is an avid tracker of the spring gobbler, as he refers to them, just like his father before him. Here they are, walking (and strutting in a subsequent photo) despite the snow on the ground. They pay no mind to the snow and instead, strut together through the field, happy and content.
How often do we allow things beyond our own control to dictate our mood? Doors close and we pound on them; weather changes and we damn it; the present is but we stare behind us at what was. But the children rejoice in what is! And nature confirms that it is the way.
This morning, I was reminded first by my children and then by nature to embrace what is in the here and now. That’s not easy for me, but today, it snowed in April, and my children sang Christmas carols and wrote letters to Santa and I laughed. The turkeys strutted through the woods and my husband thought enough of it and me to take a photo to send me. It snowed in April. But my eyes were opened to the beauty of the unexpected and what I assumed was unwanted. And isn’t that the thing? Sometimes, what seems like misfortune is really fortune wearing different clothes. It’s all in the lens we use, friends.