Thursday, March 20, 2008

It's Finally Here!

Almost, anyway... Tomorrow is the first official day of Spring! I have been so longing for it, as I do every year. The season of spring makes me feel renewed and full of hope. I can't really complain this year, we had a glorious winter here in Connecticut. I think we only had three snowfalls - just enough for the children to sled ride and make snowmen! For the most part though, it was a very mild winter.

Still, this morning as I type this, I can hear that robins and the bluebirds outside singing to one another. I love waking up to bird song, it makes me feel so happy! Is there anything more delightful than the warm spring sun on your face and brilliant blue skies above? I don't think so.

I have many friends throughout the country - some in southern climes where the weather is warm all the time. They really don't have four seasons, in some cases they have three or only two. As for me, I know I may be in the minority, but I enjoy the winter. You see, without the cold of the winter, can a heart really enjoy the full effect of the effervescent spring? I don't think so!

It seems strange to me somehow that my favorite months are Spring and Fall. It almost seems odd to embrace both the birth and middle age of things... but that's just me. I would be hard pressed to choose which of these two beautiful seasons are my favorite, but today, on tne cusp of the new season, I would have to say SPRING!

And Spring arose on the garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere;
And each flower and herb on Earth's dark breast
rose from the dreams of its wintry rest.
~Percy Bysshe Shelley, "The Sensitive Plant"

Here are 10 things that I am looking forward to this Spring:
1. My tulips and daffodils coming into bloom.
2. Watching the Lilac bushes that I planted last year bud.
3. Waking to bird song everyday.
4. Seeing the bluebirds and Cardinals from my window.
5. Watching the trees wake up after a long winter sleep.
6. Seeing all the trees "blossom".
7. The temperate sunny days ahead.
8. Digging in the garden with my girls.
9. Watching the garden come to life and seeing "what's new" every morning on my way to the bus stop with Sporty.
10. Seeing the Earth laugh in flowers.

Isn't Spring wonderful? What are you looking forward to?