Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Spring is here!!!

The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another. The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month. - Henry Van Dyke
Spring has arrived, or so the calendar tells us.  (Some were greeted with some very un-Spring like weather on the first day of Spring)

My sister's back yard in Pennsylvania, on 1st day of Spring 2011
I remember as a child I looked forward to the changes in the seasons, especially the arrival of Spring and the arrival of Fall (my favorite seasons).  Growing up in New York City the changes in the seasons were clearly visible.  Spring ushered in the budding trees, colorful flowers, the smell of freshness around us that was uniquely Spring, and best of all the ability to shed the winter wear that had bogged us down for so many months.

It was a season of anticipation. Easter was near, so it meant shopping for pretty spring dresses (something even the tomboy in me could appreciate).  The start of Spring also meant that the end of the School year was close, and images of summertime fun were not that far away.

Since living in South Florida, Spring does not seem to have the same appeal.  The changes in the weather are not as severe here.  Don't get me wrong, I love the year round pleasant weather and not dealing with snow, but the newness that comes with the change in seasons is just not the same.  I recall someone telling me when I first moved down here "South Florida has only two seasons ~ Hot Wet and Hot Dry".  I found that statement to be a very amusing (yet simplistic) view of the South Florida weather.  However, over the years I have found that this statement is true only part of the time; I have gotten to witness cold (for Florida) winter weather and summers that traditionally fall under "Hot Wet" but have been dangerously too dry.

It takes more of a conscious effort to really see the differences each Season brings in South Florida, but I don't want to be one of those who just misses it completely.  Spring is still a season of anticipation, even if the weather here isn't much different than it was last week.  I can still look around and see the differences in the trees, the flowers, and the people; there is something about Spring that makes everything seem happier.  There is so much to appreciate of the seasons around us wherever we are, I don't want to forget to stop and take it in, regardless of how suttle it is.  Hope you won't either!
I barely noticed the beautiful transformation of life going on. Not that I noticed it much differently in year's previous — I took it for granted every time. - Chris Dunmire
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