Change in the Air

Men do change, and change comes like a little wind that ruffles the curtains at dawn, and it comes like the stealthy perfume of wildflowers hidden in the grass.”~ John Steinbeck

On this day in 1940, John Steinbeck won the Pulitzer Prize for his great work The Grapes of Wrath. This quote actually comes from his novel Sweet Thursday, and I think it’s a lovely, lyrical thought that holds much truth.

Instead of pointing out that change is difficult, here we have gentle images: a little breeze, a perfume of hidden wildflowers, nature attracting our attention.

And change is subtle. It has to build up before it can be perceived. The air must slowly gather to become a breeze. One flower alone will not perfume the air, so we have to wait until a number have built up.

Change won’t be instant, but all of a sudden a tipping point is reached, and there, there it is, ready to been appreciated.


About maggiec

Educator, writer, world traveler, bibliophile, theater devotee, cat lover, mother of an actor, adopted auntie to hundreds. Spreading love (and literacy), one day at a time.
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