Signs of the Seasons
Even though this is not an historic event and most often one that normally creeps in overnight with no bands playing and very little fanfare. There is no noticeable change in the temperature and even the news may not even make mention of the fact. Even though this has long been anticipated and longed for the actual arrival may bring little more verbiage than a quant smile or statement such as, “finally…”
This first flower of spring...
It’s no big deal. It happens each year about this time. Few people even notice it. It’s not a monumental occurrence. The calendars are not marked with a special date circled; in fact, it doesn’t even happen on the same day each and every year. “What on earth are you talking about,” you might inject here as you find yourself just about to pull your hair out with excitement awaiting a plausible answer. What is it? Well, yesterday, on Valentine’s Day, I noticed my first crocus blooming! Springtime is finally coming. Even after the late snows and hoary blast of frigid air from the north the end finally appears in sight. Last week I had noticed the small spindly leaves protruding out of the cold sod on the south side of my home and hoped again to see the small delicate petals of this first flower of spring in the days to come.
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An early spring?
In an earlier hub I mentioned seeing the robins in the front yard and we know that with the return of the birds we will also notice a rise in temperature as well as an increase in the length of daylight. The change is usually so gradual that it goes unnoticed unless one is looking with anticipation and excitement. Having had pneumonia twice this season, I’m more than eager to see the longer days and the rise in temperature signaling spring. Even though the weather people are not as eager to commit to an affirmative prognosis the Farmer’s Almanac is not the least bit hesitant in calling for an early spring for this part of the country. Everyone’s spirit is so deflated with each new round of snow predicted week after week. We hardly recovered from one before the next would be upon us. Weather like this is hard to deal with for the elderly and can present traffic problems for even the best of drivers as well as the emergency vehicles that must maneuver around during adverse weather conditions.
Warmth is on it's way...
Just a simple little flower raising it’s lovely little face to the warming sun just made my day and as I’ve marveled at its beauty I’ve also enjoyed including the optimism of this small scene of springtime in all my emails to those I converse with daily hoping to brighten their day along with mine. Before too much longer the days will certainly bring warmer temperatures melting away the snows and sadness of a long battering winter as even more birds sing the melodies of new life and spring and even more flowers bloom to the exuberance of a new spring.
© 2011 SamSonS
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