According to dictionary.com
realization in advance; foretaste.
expectation or hope.
previous notion; slight previous impression.
intuition, foreknowledge, or prescience.
When I opened my garage this morning I captured the image below right away. I thought beautiful. A bit of spring is sprouting and looks great against the smidge of fallen snow. I started anticipating spring this past weekend and started dreaming of warmer temperatures. However, when I looked again at the cluster of daffodils trying to sprout amongst the fluffy smidge of snow I realized I could easily sway my anticipation back to winter for an approaching snow storm. I could anticipate a snow day with my girls. I do believe snow days are a gift of time. I have some bananas ready for banana bread, a snow day tradition for us. The time it takes to bake is the perfect amount of time to go outside and play or shovel the driveway. Topping that off with hot chocolate and time together. If the weather is bad enough for a snow day I always anticipate the roads are too dangerous to travel on and we are home for the day. Even if I know growing up I drove in far worst conditions in Buffalo, NY.
Anticipating can be a funny thing. We anticipate what we don't know. We anticipate what we hope for. We anticipate what we do know or plans we have. We anticipate the positive and unfortunately the negative. Sometimes I think anticipating the negative helps us prepare. However, anticipating is not a plan or an event and we have to be ready to roll with whatever comes our way. I'm not a gambler at all but I'm anticipating a 50/50 chance I will be home tomorrow or at school teaching with my all my heart and energy, just trying to do my best for that moment in time.