Sunshine and February are not words which necessarily go together in the same sentence. But they are doing today. And, what is more, there is just a hint of warmth in the sun in spite of a cold wind. The weathermen tell us that there is probably more snow to come before we are finished with Winter but every day like today lifts my spirits. I had a couple of weeks when I felt very low and on the verge of sinking into depression. This rather scared me. But several days when the sun has shone through the sitting room windows have lifted my spirits considerably and all is well again.
But it got me thinking about the labels we put on things these days. Maybe I have been a SAD (seasonal affective disorder) sufferer,but if so does it help me to have a label, or does it make things worse? I am really not sure. The same goes for so many things these days - children are hyperactive - some have always been so as any teacher will tell you - does it help us to put a name to it?
This is not in any way meant as a criticism - scientists and others who know what they are talking about have identified symptoms and have labelled the people with these symptoms as suffering from certain conditions. Does it help to have a label? I really would like more information on this. It may well be that to say that I have been 'down' for a few days because there has not been a sign of the sun is an insult to anyone suffering from SAD - I certainly don't mean it in that way. I really would like to know the answer the my question - does it help a sufferer from any condition like this to have a name - a label - does it mean that you know you are not alone, that there are other sufferers?
Changing the subject and returning to the problem with my tulip bulbs and their disappearance - they are still disappearing - there is no sign of any part of the bulb, just a hole in the ground where the bulb has been. A friend I meet each morning on my dog walk tells me that she and her husband (he a keen gardener before his death) had the same problem one year, set traps and caught almost forty mice and voles. Oh dear. Now I have another problem - I have no desire whatsoever to kill outdoor mice and/or voles. If they are the culprits - then let them keep eating the tulips if it means they stay alive through the last days of winter.