Tuesday, April 14, 2015


It is finally here. Spring has truly become my new favorite season. I used to love fall best, but as it is the precursor to seemingly endless winters in the Northeast, all that spring has to do is show up, to become my new favorite. And while I am not fond of extreme heat, the summer is too fleeting for me to grow to despise.

I spent this past Sunday doing garden clean-up. The first day outside after a long winter is always the very best – even the inevitable blister between thumb and forefinger from raking too vigorously.

For one thing, a few hours of work yields such noticeable improvement. Outdoor furniture is dusted off and set up; the last fall leaves are bagged, revealing little green shoots and buds; sticks are bundled in neat little piles for pick-up; all of the ugliness of late winter is gone in one lovely, sunny afternoon.

For another thing, spring is all about the promise of potential fulfilled -- beauty and growth and abundance. The air smells fresh and the earth, loamy; birdsong fills the cool air -- robins chirp angrily at my presence as they use their instinctual artistry to turn sticks and mud and string and bits of paper into a perfect little round nest, hidden in a nearby tree.

The grass is still the color of straw, but just the absence of snow makes its crunch and rustle welcome beneath my feet. 

1 comment:

Peggy Beck said...

I'm so sorry I have been away for so long from you and your posts. I always feel what you write about. I love the painting you just did sort of on commission. Awesome. My family uses Butterflies and Dragonflies as symbols too. Mostly dragonflies though. I have always loved spring best. Fall just says it's time to go to sleep and not see any life again till spring when all life comes forth and shows us it's beauty. The fresh air, cool but warmer than the harsh winter winds is such a kiss on the face. Thank you Kerri for your lovely post. Miss you.