I woke up today with the sound of raindrops tapping on the roof. Nothing new for Kyoto with its staggering “2011 sunshine hours annually and approximately 5.5 sunlight hours for each day”, as the climate report says. It is not one of the rainiest places in the world but it knows how to be great and foggy well enough. There are two days of rain for each day when my umbrella takes a break. So I am happy that yesterday I stuffed my chunky camera in my backpack and brought it to the university with me. Now I have the memory of bright ume blossoms to brighten up my day.
The sweet smell was attracting not only the bees because during lunch break I grabbed my bag and went straight to this plum tree to capture some of its beauty and take it home with me. Today the only thing I could catch would be a cold…
But today, while I was walking crouched under the umbrella, I wasn’t thinking of the rain. I had music in my ears and gentle pink blossoms on my mind. I felt invincible!
And in the afternoon, while I was reading “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” in a break during an experiment, life wasn’t as dull as usual because my lungs were full of the scent of yesterday. Light and sweet. Carrying the hope for new life and change for the better.
And probably, even if it is just a tiny bit, tomorrow will truly be a better day. Better and brighter.