"Sooner or later, the lightning comes to us all."
-Gregory Maguire, A Lion Among Men
Spring has arrived. The world, once a frozen terrain of bare trees and whispered stories, has now unfurled from its long sleep to be alive once more. Days are now longer and with it comes nostalgia of long-forgotten memories, a smell of hope, and a stirring in our hearts.
Although this springtime weather has just begun, there's a yearning to start writing my Summer List ( I have made one every year since I was ten). There's just so many things I want to do, starting with the simple things like biking and kayaking around the Toronto Islands, go on road trips like my friend and I did last year where we went from Toronto all the way to Montreal. I want to visit Stratford again. Believe me when I say this: Stratford is a place of magic. I was wonderstruck through and through. One of my favourite Canadian painters, Janet Hill, has a studio there- it would be lovely if I get the chance to meet her in person- I'm smitten by her paintings.
I want to learn how to swing dance, have more champagne picnics, go on a hot air balloon, arrive halfway through my so-called novel, paint by the coast, visit bookshops in small towns, enjoy weekends at the cottage with friends, and so much more. Are you with me?
My Spring playlist is in full swing. There's lots of tunes from An Education soundtrack, Florence + The Machine (I can't wait to see her live in concert in August!!), Dustin O'Halloran, Sarah Jarosz, She & Him, Madeleine Peyroux, Jose Gonzalez, The Civil Wars, and the Midnight in Paris soundtrack.
One of my favourite scenes from one of my favourite films, The Brother's Bloom. I love these sort of films: they always make you think that life is much more charming and fantastic than we'll ever know.
"This was a story about a girl who could find infinite beauty in anything..."