Sunset in Cold January – Hope

Every drive home from school
I come to this intersection.
Tonight I saw hope.

Days are now longer.
Sunsets are more brilliant,
hanging onto their color until the end.
Silhouettes of barns and trees
make me want to stop and look.
Really look.
I smile.  I feel good.  I see hope.


About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty-five years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I was a live guest on the Kelly Clarkson Show. I am highlighted in the seventh edition of Jim Trelease's million-copy bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital, and the Massachusetts State House in Boston.
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78 Responses to Sunset in Cold January – Hope

  1. joylennick says:

    Thank you Jennie. Hope is essential – isn’t it! That, harnessed to love and peace, make the perfect threesome. Hugs xx .

  2. quiall says:

    That is beautiful Jennie . . .

  3. I love this!! I’ve saved it in my “poems for troubled times” folder.

  4. Hope is one thing that keeps people going … well, positive hope. A beautiful image to accompany your words. Well done, Jennie.

  5. Elizabeth says:

    That would make a splendid note card.

  6. CarolCooks2 says:

    Without “hope” we have nothing…Love this!

  7. Busyink says:

    Thank you for publishing this🌹🌹, I’ve been trying to pen something perfect for a friend…wheeww! I’ll read her this, I pray it calms her🙄😌.
    Beautifully written.

  8. bosssybabe says:

    Beautiful!!! You should print that photo and frame it with your words! 🧡🙏

    • Jennie says:

      Thank you, Jen! I keep looking at it on my camera because it really does fill me with hope and goodness. I think I need a hard copy to look at. 🥰

  9. beetleypete says:

    There is always hope. And today we had brilliant sunshine in Beetley all day!
    Best wishes, Pete.

  10. cindy knoke says:

    Beautiful capture & message Jenny.

  11. That would be my favorite intersection! I love the silhouette of the barn and that lovely color at the end of the day.

  12. Beautiful, Jennie! Hope is indeed alive and well… Blessed and grateful! 💞

  13. Don Ostertag says:

    Sweet thoughts, Jennie. As long as there are barns and trees and sunsets there is hope.

  14. Here is to the lengthening days

  15. Jim Borden says:

    beautiful thoughts and words to go with that beautiful photo

  16. VJ Knutson says:

    Beautiful. The longer days do bring hope.

  17. petespringerauthor says:

    Sunshine and longer days do have a way of changing the mood.

  18. We can all use a little hope. Thank you, Jennie!

  19. Norah says:

    Gorgeous photo and wonderful message.

  20. Aah, beautiful, Jennie. The return of the light brings wonderful hope. We can’t help but feel it. ❤ ❤

  21. magarisa says:

    A positive, heartfelt piece.

  22. I hear u says:

    Hope will give you a rope to cope through rocks…

  23. Wonderful, Jennie! After the solstice the light takes a longer visit to us. Unbelievable how this impacts our mood. Have a nice week ahead. Dont forget you are living in New England, in the old one it has more rain. 😉 xx Michael

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  25. Anita says:

    Wonderfull, enjoy it.

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  28. Josh Sanders says:

    Even in cold January, we have some great sunsets to enjoy. Always something to be grateful for!

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  30. Hope is our perception and it should be always maintain in any situation

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