What is that weird, tingling feeling? Could it possibly be … hope?

But then the sun came out where I live this week, and I was alive again. Dunno if you’ve noticed this, but it’s been the longest year since records began, and the timing of lockdown restrictions easing this week coinciding with warm weather in parts of England – which the press was more than happy to call a “heatwave” – has me feeling quite hopeful. I can hear a bird tweeting as I type this sentence! The sun is in the sky! Life begins anew! …

There is a tingling, bright feeling in the air that feels alien to a lot of us – anticipation, maybe, the idea that lido visits will soon lead to pub visits that will one day lead to music festivals and cheap summer holidays. I have a haircut booked in for 12 April and, after a full year without anything to anticipate, it might be the most excited about anything I’ve ever been in my life. Spring is a season of green shoots. Being able to go to someone’s garden and interact with five other people who have spent a year forgetting how to make small talk finally feels like one of them.

— Joel Golby, from “What is that weird, tingling feeling? Could it possibly be … hope?” in “The Guardian” March 30, 2021


Photo: DK @ Daybreak, March 30, 2021, Norwalk, CT. 6:38 am.

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  1. So very true. I get positively giddy at the thought of a shared outdoor meal and conversing with someone aside from my husband. The most quotidian tasks have become an adventure.

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  2. WLS – witnessing a sunrise like that can only imbue one with hope…

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  3. Your photo is perfect to welcome Day 1 of being careful…. care full … full of care… of caring. After 384 days of social distancing (I count days, too, DK) our second vaccines have percolated for 14 days. I can greet someone with a hug, plan a simple meal to share to show love in my language. I don’t think I have ever known what hope or Joy truly means but I am ready to learn.

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  4. Nan Morrissette says:

    Or maybe it’s our Mother Planet reminding us that she is perfectly capable of going on without us.

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  5. oh, yes!

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  6. wonderful essay; thanks for sharing…

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  7. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    April … spring!! … “Spring is a season of green shoots. Being able to go to someone’s garden and interact with five other people who have spent a year forgetting how to make small talk finally feels like one of them. — Joel Golby, from “What is that weird, tingling feeling? Could it possibly be … hope?” in “The Guardian” March 30, 2021.”

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  8. We have to have hope ..

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