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Embracing Spring!
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It happened! It really happened! Spring came. I know it always will, but this year I was beginning to have my doubts.

The snow is gone, the grass is green, trees are budding, and the local soft serve ice cream shop is open! Daffodils, tulips, and hyacinths are emerging, and creatures of various species are celebrating in full vigor.

On my drive to work this morning, I had to smile as I viewed the green fields speckled with baby cows. The tender warmth between the cows and their babies is a sight that only spring can display.

As I said, spring always arrives, but this spring seems especially welcome as winter seemed to be a little more harsh and far-reaching than usual. I must not let it slip by without fully embracing it. After all, this is the only time in all of history that spring 2010 will happen! So, I don't  want to waste it.

My Suggestions

  • Smell. Don't stop at the obvious treats of fragrant flowers. Smell the air, both during the day and at night (there's a difference!). Smell the rain and notice how it smells a little different in the city than it does in the country. And don't let spring leave before you smell the soil! (Just try to get there before the cat does).

  • Sight. Well, that's a no-brainer. Spring is so visual that it's hard to miss seeing it. But don't just see it. Look at it. How many various shades of yellow do the daffodils have? How many robins are there in your yard today compared to yesterday? When you plant bedding plants, look at the variation in leaf color and texture. And how many shades of purple, blue, and red are in that petunia that you thought was simply purple? You'll have to look to know. Look at the countenances of people around you. How do their expressions differ in comparison to a couple of months ago?

  • Touch. Schedule a walk in the morning, one in mid-day, and one in the evening. Okay, you may not be able to work that out in one day, but try to do it within a week if you can. Compare how the air feels different one time of day from the other. Feel flower petals. Feel the fur of baby animals. Feel the sun. Feel the hand of someone you love as you take a walk.

  • Sound. This is probably the gift we can most easily let slip by us without embracing. Maybe it's because our busy lives create so much static in our minds that we don't really “hear” the sounds around us. So make a point to listen to spring. What does it sound like?

  • Taste. How can you taste spring? Well, it's a little early for garden produce, that's true. But you can plan for it. Buy your seeds, sketch your garden spot, even if it is just a few area pots on your patio. Plan your recipes now because when harvest comes, you'll need to use the produce quickly.
Whatever you do with this spring, just don't let it go without embracing it. Spring 2010 will never come again!

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