If someone were to be dropped into today from the height of summer, having been surrounded by leafy shade, green carpeted lawns, and sweltering humidity, that someone would surely think that today is quite dull and drab. Bare trees, mere tufts of green grass scattered here and there, cool air.
But today we are coming from a different place. Trying our best to leave winter behind, we notice the buds popping out on what once were bare trees. We notice that lawns freshly mulched look good not only for the neat appearance in the planting beds, but also because of the crisp contrast caused by the grass that is “greening up” around the yard. And because of the warm air, today is the first day we wear cropped or short pants.
Our point of view makes the difference. That perspective reminds us where we have been, and encourages us to look for signs of what’s to come. And the gradualness of the seasonal change allows us to have time to notice what we might have missed if it had happened too fast. The bird song filling the air. The volunteer shoots in last year’s flower pots. The spring beauty carpeting the yard.
Spring beauty – the small flower that filled the yard of my childhood home. I can hear my mother’s voice joyfully announcing, “The spring beauty’s back.” Delicate and small, popping out of nowhere and everywhere at the same time. Not sturdy enough to remain unfurled in the cool night breezes, but spreading open in the warm rays of the daytime sun.
A sign of spring someone wouldn’t want to miss!