Thursday, March 24, 2016

The Legend of the Pussywillow



According to an old legend, a mother cat was crying at the bank of a river in which her kittens were drowning.

The willows at the river's edge longed to help her, so they swept their long graceful branches into the waters to rescue the tiny kittens who had fallen into the river while chasing butterflies.

The kittens gripped on tightly to their branches and were safely brought to shore.  Each springtime since, goes the legend, the willow branches sprout tiny fur-like buds at their tips where the kittens once clung.....  

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Here in Nod, our pussywillows are just that...legend...as they lie beneath a blanket of white....  Old Man Winter seems fond of our frozen landscapes, and isn't quite yet ready to make his departure.  He "gifted" us 13" of that white stuff yesterday/last night....  

(View from my kitchen window)

But this afternoon, the sun peeked through, and spring's hope was renewed....

Hope it's spring where you are......

11 comments:

Prims By The Water said...

Interesting story Robin. It rained here all day. I just told Bob if this had been snow, we probably would have had a foot of it. My mom lives an hour north of us and she got 6 inches. Hope Spring comes to Nod soon. Happy Easter! Janice

BumbleBeeLane said...

I love winter but am ready for spring. Tired of being cooped up. Ready for long back roads and junking.Never heard the Pussy Willow story before. Have a wonderful Easter!~♥Amy

Dicky Bird said...

I never heard that story before - so sweet thanks for sharing. East of "Nod" we received a gift of 10" Happy Easter

Farm Girl said...

I had never heard that before. What a lovely legend. I have always loved pussy willows, now I will love them more. My goodness, that much snow!!
One good thought though, you will be having a gorgeous spring, when I will be turning on the air conditioner. :) I think it all works out.

Kim said...

I've never heard that legend before. I have always loved pussy willows. Love them gathered up in a vase. Sorry you got buried in snow again. We are having a little ice storm today

Christine said...

What a sweet legend of the pussy willows!
& what a gift of the white stuff!
Happy Easter!

Rugs and Pugs said...

Happy Easter, my friend, and happy belated birthday.
Hugs :)
Lauren

Primitive Stars said...

Afternoon sweet friend, I love the Pussy Willow story, and pussy willows. I just have some old ones from last year to put out, none here either yet. Woke to a yard of white crap this morning, boo hoo!!! . Easter Blessings Francine.

Me and My Stitches said...

I have never heard the legend of the pussy willow - I've always liked them, and now even more so. Hope your snow melts soon! We had hail and an inch or two of snow, but it melted the next day.

Nancy Turner said...

I JUST FOUND YOUR BLOG AND IT WENT ON MY FAVS LIST RIGHT NOW. YOU MUST LIVE IN THE SOUTH OF NOD I LIVE IN THE NORTH AND DID NOT GET A FLAKE. JUST 35MLS SOUTH THEY GOT6-8". THOSE POP SALES LOOK INTERESTING WISH I KNEW WHEN AND WHERE THEY ARE.I SURE WOULD DO MY BEST TO GET THERE. THE BEST I CAN DO RIGHT NOW ARE THE THRIFT STORES. KEEP ON BLOGGING AND I WILL KEEP ON READING

Bama Planter said...

I also love reading your blog. You are in a really different world. It was 70 here this week and sunny. I am airing out the old house I live in...built by ancestors 200 years ago. The tulip trees are done with blooming and it's time to plant some new herbs in the garden. Hold on..spring is rolling further north every day. It will be there soon. Marshel in Alabama