Springtime, A Renewal of Spirits and Sprouts!
Spring has Sprung!
Just this week, spring fever infiltrated my psyche and I headed to Lowes to buy some potting soil and various lettuces, leeks and kale. It is time to plant again! Oh how I love the feel of dirt on my hands as I arrange tiny plants in their pots and in my garden. Unlike in the winter, a slight warmth now takes the edge off of the frigid morning air. The sun feels a bit more intense and rain showers are frequent. Life is sprouting all around my home. Daffodils are blooming and my lilac tree is budding nicely. Although the first official day of spring is just around the corner, my neighbors cherry tree is already in full bloom!
In the south, we didn’t have a harsh winter, which is not good news, for the summertime mosquitoes will be out in full force. I’m pretty sure the summer will go something like this; slap, ouch, pow, zap, holy flyswatter Batman, where did all these bugs come from?
As a younger person, springtime simply meant that summer was just around the corner. Tanning, water sports, cookouts, parties and more daylight hours to play, were all so appealing. Now, I find the intense summer heat unbearable at times and by August, I Iong for cooler weather. What happened!? Oh yes, now I remember-hot flashes-bring me the ice bucket and turn on the air conditioner please!!
Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy some of these things, but the beauty of spring and the rebirth of Mother Nature are so fascinating and refreshing to me now. Maybe I take more time to enjoy life’s simple pleasures, or maybe it took all this time for me to wake up and open my eyes to what each season offers. Either way, each day I see another bud on a bush or tree, another kind of flower coming into bloom and more creatures coming out of hiding. Mr. Honeybee was buzzing around in my back yard today, either looking for Mrs. Honeybee or some nectar. Yes, in each case, Mr. Honeybee was looking for something sweet!
For many of us, springtime brings us back into nature and renews our energy, as it reminds us of the everyday miracles of rebirth. Recently I saw the most wonderful video about pollination and want to share it with you. Please, take the time to spend four of the best minutes of your day. You will remember what an awesome and perfectly orchestrated planet we all share.