31 December 2020

From one willow to another...

The German is like a willow. No matter which way you bend him, he will always take root again.

This quote is attributed to the Russian writer, philosopher, and historian Alexander Solzhenitsyn (1918-2008), although I have yet to find where or when he said it. Still, it's nice. German-Russians love this saying and have adopted it. It speaks to our strength, resilience, and faith in that whatever happens, we'll be fine.

The global coronavirus pandemic of 2020 has certainly tested our ability to bend and will continue to do so into 2021. So grab a handful of vitamins and get a good night's sleep. Tomorrow is another year. 

And stay bendy fellow willows. 

White willow (Salix Alba), a common willow found in Russia.
It is one of the first trees to leaf in spring and the last to shed its leaves in fall.