Tuesday, April 09, 2013
A little secret about me is that I don't actually go outside in winter, if I can help it. I stay holed up inside willing the winter away right from the beginning. If I MUST, I bring wood in; if I MUST, I take out the garbage; if I MUST, I survive the walk to the car to get groceries or go to church. But only if it is an absolute necessity. It isn't that I don't love to be outside. It is only that I don't love to be cold. In fact, I rather hate it.
Needless to say, spring can never come soon enough for me. March is a particularly hard month to endure. I am constantly on the lookout for some sign- some hint that spring is coming again. The first redwing blackbird call. The first crocuses. The first beating of returning wings from Canada. The first rusty red belly on the lawn. I heard the first peeper song yesterday!
It all makes me ridiculously happy.
From now on, it will hard to keep me INSIDE.
We have gone exploring every day since the the crocuses popped. We took Skeeter the pony with us and tied him up at the edge of the woods. He liked that. Ruby the dog, too, loves our adventures. The other day Judah climbed up on top of a forest stonewall and just screamed at the top of his lungs.
It was glorious. Just exactly the right thing to do.