Springtime: Musings On A Season’s Return

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Spring weather is variable.  Today it’s wet + gray + cold.  Drab.

On Sunday it was sunshine + blue skies + mild.  Lovely.  In fact, it was so pleasant outside that we went to a nature preserve and wandered around an old farmstead that is there.

After a Winter spent inside looking out, the freshness of the day inspired me, charmed me.  The new sights. The idea of possibility.

As a rule I don’t enjoy beginnings, but Spring is a season that forces me out of my comfort zone.  And despite its unpredictable weather, Spring entices me, reassures me with fresh starts, beautiful colors and the promise of growth.

So how about you, gentle readers?  What is there about Spring that speaks to you?

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Ally Bean

Observant. Creative. Humorous. Adaptable. Happy enough. Looking for the crumb of truth in the cookie of life.

18 thoughts on “Springtime: Musings On A Season’s Return”

  1. WTF WordPress?!!! Now I cannot size my photos without the editor mushing all my words together? Why are you making the act of publishing a post so difficult? DO YOU NOT LOVE ME?

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  2. Great daffodil photo. It jumped right off the screen at me.

    Spring renews me. Winter is always difficult for me: I hate the oppressiveness of the cold and the constant inconvenience of the snow and ice. It all feels like a punishment, an endurance test to me. Spring, despite its mercurial nature, feels like a reward. The smell of it, the softer, warmer breeze, the small sprouts of my herbs in the garden–it all tells me that I made it through again. And that summer will be here soon.

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    1. nance, as much as I love the warmth and soft colors of Spring, I don’t entirely trust it. All the winds [possible tornadoes] and rains [possible floods] leave me anxious, but I try to accept those feelings and look on the positive side of things. Flowers. Dining on the deck. Walks in city parks. Sandals. Those sorts of things.

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  3. Spring is one of the seasons that is so anticipated it has to fail to live up to expectations. We are gifted with a gorgeous day only to be followed by dreary damp, cold weather. It’s when the winter wardrobe is half in and half out because you never know when you will need a nice flannel shirt. But it is all we have (in our area anyhow) and by May, spring grows up to be mostly wonderful.

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    1. kate, I think that you’ve nailed why I’m reluctant to trust Spring. It’s a charming season when it wants to be, but I’ve been disappointed so many times by Spring that I hesitate to sing its praises too highly. Yet when I am outside and it is pleasant, I do enjoy it. So on that, I will focus.

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  4. Even winters here in the south are not fun. Even though we don’t get all the snow and ice like you do, it does get cold and rainy some days. I know I can’t complain, but I am such a warm weather person and NEED the sunshine!
    Spring signals new beginnings and beautiful blotches of bright color everywhere. It’s so gorgeous here with all the camelias, crab apple trees, dogwoods, azaleas, wisteria and knock out roses. It makes me dizzy! And happy! Shorts and sandals today.

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    1. Beth, I’m sure that it’s beautiful where you are today. We’ll get there eventually, but today it’s dreary and a let down after a pretty Sunday. I’m not seeing any shorts and sandals in my immediate future. Maybe in another month or so?

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  5. We’ve had a beautiful 3 days here, but the rain is coming back today and for the rest of the week. Too much gray and wet so far this spring. (our wettest March on record) You already know that I’m eagerly awaiting my tulips, which are poised to bloom.

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    1. Margaret, I’ve had a glimpse of what is to come. But Spring is a tease and this wears on my nerves. How can I start something new, enticing as it might be, if I can’t figure out what to wear? Hmmm??

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  6. I like this post, and relate to the “tease” aspect of spring. After a few warm days that suggest the spring that is to come, we’ve received a foot of new snow in the last day. It’s beautiful– for January. I know this is how it is, how it will be for the next month and more. So I just do what I can– try not to be antsy. Lately, I try to grateful for days when the snow melts, when the sun shines, when you can see ground and smell soil.

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    1. Maria, a foot of snow?! Oh my. I like winter when it is winter, but to have that much snow now would be disconcerting. Spring can be such a difficult season to get a handle on, can’t it? Hang in there, certainly the snow will melt soon.

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    1. Kourtney, I have those same allergies. It’s pretty outside but it makes me sneeze. Fortunately my warmer weather clothes have lots of pockets in them to hold tissues, new & used.

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  7. Spring is rebirth – the chance to start anew. It is the opportunity to take all those good ideas you have been thinking through during the winter and make them work. And it is nice to feel warm again, more so as we age. Mr. Mower: reunited, and it feels so good . . .

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  8. I don’t know about you, but I think I’m getting to be an old person here and I don’t remember seeing this when you published it.

    Spring is a delusional time. It’s a time that we can convince ourselves that any insane project (I’m going to wash all the walls!) is a good idea. I blame the daffodils and other cheerful little liars that pop up so early, well before winter has truly let go.

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    1. Zazzy, yes, Yes, YES!!! You’ve explained this perfectly. I want to be enthusiastic about Spring, but past experience has taught me that it’s a sneaky time of year. I like it, but I don’t. Delusional, indeed.

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