Hope and despair in pictures

If you google “define despair,” you’ll find the following:

Despair: 1. n– the complete loss or absence of hope; 2. v — lose or be without hope.

Ergo, “hope” could be defined as the absence of despair, wouldn’t you agree? They are yin or yang, positive or negative, Cubs or White Sox — in other words, polar opposites.

The other day we finally got a little dose of hope. Blue skies, warm sunshine and the above freezing temperatures gave us this:

Hope is almost green grass.

Hope is almost green grass.

I know, I know — for us in the Midwest, the sight of brownish grass with a hint of green was almost too much. But when you looked closer, there was an even clearer wonder to behold:

Hope is tulip bulbs sprouting.

Hope is tulip bulbs sprouting.

Along the edge of the flowerbed, the tulips were starting to peek through. These are those tulipsthe ones we got for free and shoved into the ground, not knowing if they were ever going to come up or be eaten by foraging chipmunks and squirrels. I almost wept with sheer joy.

That was Tuesday.

Yesterday we awoke to this:

Ugh.

Ugh.

The baby tulips are covered again, as is the almost green grass. In one day we swung on the pendulum that is Spring — from warm, living hope to cold, icy despair.

It’ll melt. It has to melt. Right?

If you had to choose a photo to represent hope and despair, what would you choose? My second choice would be a lovely, untouched deep-dish pizza (hope) and an empty, grease-stained pizza box (clearly despair.) 

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