spite of deep-freeze cold, snow, even flooding, the first bulbs poked green
noses out of the the soggy earth in early February. We can't wait to get out
in our gardens.
I dug a new flower bed, I shook loose dirt from chunks of sod. Out tumbled
larvae, beetles, and earthworms. I only half-noticed them. Suddenly a
pinkish ball rolled into my hand.
like a knot in a shoelace. His body contracted, then bulged, as he tried
unsuccessfully to crawl out of his predicament.
how he had first coiled into a double loop, then woven his head through
both loops. When he tried to crawl away, he'd tightened the loops.
curled in two loop-the-loops. Slowly as an arthritic old man he straightened.
Then, never knowing who or what had untangled him, he tunneled back into
enough, some months later, God's gentle hand had worked miracles in the
difficulties that were impossible for me to solve.