For many of us living in the Northern Hemisphere, spring is a special time. The snow melts and the earth thaws. The bitter cold retreats. Where I live, the deciduous trees blossom into a luscious lime-green color. Migratory birds return to nest and enjoy the north’s summer abundance. Hibernating animals wake from a long winter’s nap. Rivers and creeks run fast and powerful, filling lakes with snow melting off the surrounding mountains. Skis and snowshoes are packed away, replaced with kayaks, canoes, boats, and camping gear.
And one of the best things, more daylight. The sun rises from the east earlier and earlier and descends into the western foothills later and later. In summer, there are mornings I wake up to birds singing with a little bit of light peeking through the curtains, and when I look at the clock, I moan. No! It’s not even 4:00 am! On beautiful late spring evenings, the sun sets after 9:00 pm and at the height of summer, there is often enough light to enjoy the evening well past 10:00 pm.
You’d think I wouldn’t get so excited that once again spring is here. After all we all know spring follows winter. But I can’t help myself. Almost wanting to coax the flowers out of the ground. Uncover the patio furniture and sit outside, even if I still have to wear my down coat.
Just writing the word spring brings a smile to my face as I wait for the first bluebells to bloom. Delighted I will once again see the exquisite cerulean blue of an excited flock of bluebirds gliding through the tall mullein. Witness this year’s fawns gambol in the meadow, trying to catch up to their mothers.
And very best of all, this spring, after two and half years, I will finally get to see my son who lives on the other side of the world.
Spring! What a glorious season!
How did you find solace this week?
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