Starring out of the window, there was a knowing. He knew that from this moment forward things would never be the same. There had been a paradigm shift…and nature seemed to agree. The bareness of the maple tree in the distance contrasted by the fullness of the magnolia just outside of his window confirmed what he had known all along -that this would not be easy. He knew that both the vitality of life and the seeming detachment of death were both illusions. For in just a few short months life would remerge from those cold bitter branches of the maple, and what had once been ignored by the sun would suddenly reach out to it like a suckling infant begging for milk.