Lisa gives us a little window on her spring crazies. See if you have anything in common with her as you reflect on the workload of spring.
I am one of those people who long for spring and then when it arrives I secretly wonder... what was I actually longing for? The snow had nicely covered all my mess from the previous year - those perennial flower beds that I didn't get cleaned out, the grass that the dog has peed on all winter, all those tree branches that weren't nicely piled when the wind blew them off last fall. There is the race that I lose every spring where I try to get all the trees trimmed and heavy branches pulled out before all the leaves appear to make it more difficult. I am on a 6 year losing streak when it comes to that particular spring job.
That nice white blanket of snow in my sentimental mind is enviable at this time of year. In my sentiment, however, it is not cold and blistery, 6 feet high and overstaying its welcome like a nagging mother-in-law that never gets the hint. In winter I can sit wonderfully ignorant of the work that is mulling under the snow, the grass that needs fertilizing, the fences that need fixing, the garden that needs to get in just in time. I won't even mention the mess that the livestock made over winter that someone needs to shovel. I miss the days when I can say - I just can't go outside and work... its too cold. All my excuses disappeared with the snow.
It is possible that by now you are angry at me for expressing such things out loud because you are in one of those "coffee drinking on the deck" stages of life. There are those who cherish the new buds on leaves and don't see them as the race they are losing. Those who made time in the fall to clean out the perennials, mow the lawn, till the garden, pick up the branches and put away the equipment that. Oh how I envy you. At least, in my mind, I believe you are out there somewhere spurring me on to future greatness.
I know - I am supposed to live in the moment, seize the day, enjoy what is put in front of you, keep your mind on track, stop and smell the flowers, don't try to do too much at once and all those infinite platitudes of what one SHOULD do. Spring for me is one of life's surprises where you can hardly wait to get to it and then are surprised to find it isn't all its cracked up to be. I am surprised every year how what I expect and what I get are two totally different things!
This year however, I am in luck! The stars have perfectly aligned for me and I am free! We have jumped straight from winter into summer. Oh the bliss, I now have the perfect excuse to say I didn't get to my spring work... we didn't have one! I remember we had winter and then "blink" ... it was summer. I have allowed myself to act like it is summer also! I have been to the beach to see the sunset. There have been coffee breaks on the front steps (I don't have a deck), there has been blissful ignorance at the state of the barn yard. Another year has aged my children almost to the perfection where they don't mind helping around the yard and are actually old enough to accomplish some real work. At least some of my winter mess has made it into piles this year for the first time ever!
The seasons and stages of life can be as enjoyable as the coming summer. Warm and inviting or just plain hard work. They can also be surprising and not what you expected - each with its own excuse to pause and reflect. I guess I can live with that. I can live with the smell of fresh water and the blanket of snow in the correct proportions. I vow to gracefully take spring/summer with all of its toil. I will commit to expectantly drink more coffee and I will certainly spur the husband on to build the deck. :-)
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